By Linda Donaldson
A slippery concept “slanted truth,” the theme for our upcoming issue of the PSB Literary Journal.
I’ll admit, “a little white lie” was the first thing that came to my mind – those polite statements that omit our real feelings or opinions. Off-the-cuff edits of the real story, deflecting the presumed judgment of listeners or readers.
Then I began reading the submissions and saw more subtlety.
- The unfolding of truth that occurs over decades.
- Slanted truth read between-the-lines of spoken dialogue in thoughts unexpressed.
- Realizations woven together by parallel experiences in different generations.
- Memories as seen through the prism of circumstances not perceived at the time.
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By Anne K. Kaler
Tell all the Truth but Tell it Slant
by Emily Dickenson
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant –
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind –
When I reread Dickinson’s poem below, my interest ground to a halt at her image of slanting truth.
Truth, I was told and taught, was to be “true” or it is not Truth. How dare she, a poet of great worth, suggest that anyone lie about a fact by relating it from any angle but a “true” perspective! How bold of her to suggest that any artist or story-teller would chose to alter the reader’s view of the sacred Truth. What nerve she had to encourage non-truth telling to her willing listeners!
(I found my ire forced me to use exclamation points in righteous indignation!) Continue reading “Theme for PSB Literary Journal Winter 2020 Issue Announced”