That’s the question

In Circus, Current reading, Local projects, Poetry, Synopsis, Theater on February 20, 2015 at 8:28 am

A small section in a poem by Octavio Paz :

Boy and Top

Each time he spins it,

it lands, precisely,

at the center of the world.

What does this have to do with getting the synopsis right? Just about everything.  As in: where is the center? What holds the whole thing together (at least, for me, if for no one else). How do I get this across to a potential reader at a literary agency.

The center. The place on the sole of the foot from where a gymnast can walk across a slack  line – do stunts on it, even – and make it safely to the platform on the other side.

The center. The play’s the thing, yes. How to convey in a synopsis that makes a reader want to experience the story in full.


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