make it so simple a childof six can understand thewords (if not the sense)then take out all the wordsthat aren’t doing anythinguseful so Ezra instructed mebreaking the point of hispencil as he stabbed atthe offending words andBill told me also to make
it simple as simple assomething you might see
walking down Ridge Roadto the drugstore whatever
you see with your own eyescan be real but make what
you saw as plain as you can.
—James Laughlin, “My Instructions”Art Credit John Singer Sargent, The Master and His Pupils

make it so simple a child
of six can understand the

words (if not the sense)
then take out all the words

that aren’t doing anything
useful so Ezra instructed me

breaking the point of his
pencil as he stabbed at

the offending words and
Bill told me also to make

it simple as simple as
something you might see

walking down Ridge Road
to the drugstore whatever

you see with your own eyes
can be real but make what

you saw as plain as you can.

James Laughlin, “My Instructions”
Art Credit John Singer Sargent, The Master and His Pupils

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