“Loose and useless words must be discarded”

by Mr. Sheehy

I was learning the craft of poetry, which really was an intensive version of what my mother had taught me all those years ago–the craft of writing as the art of thinking. Poetry aims for the economy of truth–loose and useless words must be discarded, and I found that these loose and useless words were not separate from loose and useless thoughts.

– Ta-Nahisi Coates, Between the World and Me