This Week in Night Writers, Genny took a departure from her normal prose, but stayed with her theme of memoir, to read a poem called Small White Buttons. It was a touching piece about…well, small white buttons.
These particular buttons were from the sleeves of her brother’s shirt. The poem speaks of death and the loss of loved ones.
We talked about making a poem universal vs making it personal. Should the poem speak to more people with less detail, or should it give more detail about where Genny’s brother fell among the many children and brothers in her family, about why she and this particular brother were so close, by giving more detail?