An editor’s lament (with apologies to Robert Frost)

‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ gets the red-pen treatment.

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With miles to go before we sleep, those of us who correct, revise, sculpt and—sometimes—translate others’ writing sometimes get a bit frosty about our lot in professional life.

We have no one to blame but ourselves; we have chosen the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

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Here, then, to mark the winter solstice—”the darkest evening of the year”—is my take on Robert Frost’s classic poem about solitude and a journey that seems never quite completed:

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