I’ve learned a new word: leitmotif. Jack’s definition of this word is “a recurring image, phrase, statement, trope, or theme in a work.” How did I not know this word? I’ve known the definition and found myself weaving together recurring images, sounds, colors, etcetera, during my reading of a collection. Ones that come to mind: the different hues of blue that weave their way throughout Matthew Zapruder’s Come on All You Ghosts, the image of the fly in the aptly titled Flies by Michael Dickman, the conversation sometimes turning into an argument with death in Jack’s The Memory of Water.
What are a few of your favorites?
Thanks for the new word today, Jack. 🙂