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#306: Letters to His Sister (Point of View Cluster in Frankenstein)

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Q: Hey kids, what’s the point of view in this here novel? You know, who speaks and to whom are they speaking?

A: Well, Walton, he’s the speaker, and he’s writing letters to his sister. But at some point, Victor is speaking to Walton who is writing letters to his sister, but then, Elizabeth is speaking through a letter to Victor who is speaking to Walton who is writing letters to his sister, and then, at another point, Victor’s father Alphonse is speaking through a letter to Victor who is speaking to Walton who is writing letters to his sister, and then, still later, the monster is speaking to Victor who is relaying all of this to Walton who is writing letters to his sister. And Victor, of course, has a photographic memory, not a detail is omitted; and Walton, obviously, has serious-mad dictation skills, doesn’t miss a single beat in those letters to his sister.

 

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#110: Shameless Self-Promotion (An Advertisement Poem)

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The NaPoWriMo website today suggests that we try an advertisement poem. That’s an actual thing, apparently.  As an example, the NaPoWriMo curator provides Exhibit A:

Said Farmer Brown
Who’s bald on top
“Wish I could
Rotate the crop”
Burma-Shave

So rather than create a poem advertising Burma Shave or a made-up product or some thing I dig and would like to promote, I thought, why not promote my own bad self and write an advertisement poem for my novel, Monster TalkIt’s terrible  poetry, but I hope it will have an effect–because I could use the revenue.

Shameless Self-Promotion: An Advertisement Poem

My elevator pitch:

the end of Frankenstein
was such a bitch
somewhere I wish that I could find
a story just as rich.
Monster Talk

The creature, in perfect health,
through his eloquent speech
convinces himself
to come back from frozen beach:
Monster Talk

Makes his own bride
and comes to the new world
to begin a new life
with his creature girl.
Monster Talk

Two hundred years later
a child is born of human parents
descended from parents greater
and becomes their heir apparent:
Monster Talk

The story of a boy’s adventure
learning to read and learning to love.
And in these endeavors he finds some danger
and must find the strength to rise above.
Monster Talk

It’s a book you won’t be able to shelf
about a boy who’s less monster than charmer
Don’t you owe it to yourself
to read this novel by Michael Jarmer?
Monster Talk

Click on any of the hyperlinks
in this little poem,
and Monster Talk will be delivered
directly to your home.

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