Chapter 18: The Beautiful Theremin Player

You create vision by not creating it. Octavio Paz described his poetry as “the apple of fire on the tree of syntax.” That’s what you give the reader, your imagery and your syntax. Those are to the reader what a compass and a walking stick and a hat to keep the sun off and a canteen are to the traveler. You give the reader the necessary tools, and you point them down the path, and you let the reader create the vision.