Haiku H191

Do you prefer the
Reader’s Digest or Cole’s Notes
Version of something?

10.31.16

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

Modern North American English has two idioms that allude to mean short and/or summarized. They reference short and/or summarized text, from some condensed versions of stories in a little magazine called Reader’s Digest, to literal summaries of long works of literature by a series called Coles Notes. There is no apostrophe with that title from what I found, though one could easily argue there should be.

Lots of people use these two idioms, the Reader’s Digest version of something and the Coles Notes version of something. I don’t know how many use each, or if people tend to use them interchangeably, though I’d bet people only generally use one. But from the simultaneous realization there were two metaphorical choices to say the same thing, I wondered a quirky theoretical question to ask if you preferred one or the other, as if they were somehow literally different.

The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.

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