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The Sealey Challenge Day 27: poetic parts of "Return of the Jedi" by James Kahn

Some day you need to read the prose that made you fall in love with poetry. I recommend it. Darth Vader's last thoughts are some of my memorable and beautiful writing read by my young, not yet a writer self. How could such sparse words make me feel something unknowable deep inside. I still do not know what my longing or loss is. I feel Vader's. I feel Luke's. I feel the distant third person narrator's. Yet, Kim's feelings? They come from the words. The smell of flowers instead of smoke and the acknowledgement that the raindrops are actually Luke's tears melts me. Every damn time.

This is masterful craft. In a few short, short paragraphs I don't just have a sketch of Anakin Skywalker, I have his whole person, past, present, and future. It's amazing! And it MADE ME. I am the writer I am today because of three pages at the most. But that is poetry.


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