“A writer’s goal is to light up the sky.”

Kooser 3As a fan of Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Ted Kooser, I couldn’t wait to see what he would say about using metaphors in this little-known book for people who want to start writing.  He writes, “. . .  an apt metaphor opens a door out of a box, gives you a way to express something difficult, a tool to convert something physical and visible into language that is abstract and portable . . . ”  The most effective writing, he says, “seems to reach through the opaque surface of the world and offer a glimpse of that universal order beyond.”

Ted Kooser  & Steve Cox, Writing Brave & Free: Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing (Lincoln & London: University of Nebraska Press, 2006), 104.

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