#NaPoWriMo17 April 6 – Ten ways of looking at a murder mystery novel

Things have to be bizarre
to capture the imagination
of the average reader these days
Normality doesn’t sell movies
or popcorn, or peanuts –
like boring baseball
and watching paint dry
I knew the author
when she was a poet and
a precision swimmer –
playing chess with hobos
in Dupont Circle

There was a summer
compulsion, or sorts,
a need to exploit
a temporary freedom
Our paths crossed
like two ships in the night,
then diverged because
only opposites attract

Fortunate for us, perhaps,
our meeting never pushed
beyond the superficial
that special summer.
I can’t find me
in the composite
of the principal characters.
No plot role for me, unless
it’s in the self deception
Happy to see our poetry
survived the flood, woven
intricately into the mystery plot 

Understanding the author
and the world of her imagination
is important, maybe paramount

The location influences
character development
on the periphery only. Human
nature, ubiquitous,
is the strongest determinant.



Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian, archivist-in-training, retired foreign service officer and Navy veteran.

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