Then, too, one who writes short stories well knows the essential worth of placing one word after another in such a way there is a particular inevitability to the story's flow; the beginning, the middle, the end become notable as if they'd been forged of iron--sturdy, unbreakable, complete.
From the Old graybeard, Whitman: "Have you practiced so long to learn to read? Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?"
To Victor Banis: Yes, I have practiced so long to learn to read. Yes, I have felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems. Yes, your little story fulfills my hunger for more beautiful words, told shortly, but giving me something much larger to ponder: love, life, my own inevitable end. I thank you for that, Victor. I am, today, enriched.
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