Sunday, September 21, 2008

dr. seuss on brevity

the past few days i've been thinking about flash fiction and the need for erasure. today i came across this fragment of writing by theodore geisel, better known as dr. seuss. here he makes a case for brevity.

It has often been said
there's so much to be read,
you never can cram
all those words in your head.

So the writer who breeds
more words than he needs
is making a chore
for the reader who reads.

That's why my belief is
the briefer the brief is,
the greater the sigh
of the reader's relief is.the postage stamp featuring dr. seuss that appears here was released by the u.s postal service on geisel's 100th birth anniversary in 2004.