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Poem: "Palimpsest Candy"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 11th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>I would be more specific, but it's a small tidy poem that just pulls you right from "Visit" down to plums.<<

That's okay. It did that for me too!

>> Why did you choose to use the original title rather than the better-known one? <<

Variously: This was the author's original intention. (Though on technical grounds, I have to count "Twas the Night Before Christmas" superior, for the same reason as "Escape" vs. "The Piña Colada Song.") I also wanted to stretch the temporal range back to the author's time: look, we've already lost the first title in common usage, people just call it by its lead because that's catchier. This way, our subjective time lies between that of the author and that of the protagonists. Plus I like the assonance in "A Visit from St. Nicholas."

>> Interesting poem title, as well. <<

Oh, that -- a palimpsest is a piece of parchment that was scraped clean of ink and reused, often repeatedly. You can treat it to retrieve different layers of ink. Language itself is a palimpsest. The "candy" just refers to the sugarplums, and assonates with "palimpsest."
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: February 11th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)


I knew I knew that word! Lead-type-printing class, back in Best Job Evar!

Language itself is a palimpsest.


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