a / the / this / that

What is it with these little words? Why do I, on revision, so often find myself switching or removing these from otherwise-unaltered lines? Am I just lazy, or do these variants really change what a line means so greatly? And if they do, tell me what is changing about the line. . . the direction in which it points, seemingly. Something bothers me about the power of these articles. . .

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About lightseydarst

Originally from Tallahassee, Lightsey Darst writes, dances, writes about dance, and teaches in Minneapolis. Her book Find the Girl was published by Coffee House Press in April 2010, and her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also hosts the writing salon “The Works”.
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