What does 'Catalectic' mean, anyway?
I had that question, too!
… I may or may not have spent hours stumbling through literary lexicons in search of a name for this Substack. My mother once admitted she named me ‘Alicia’ because she never made it past the A’s in the Baby Name Book. Similarly, I stopped somewhere around C.
Technically, it belongs to poetry.
i. (prosody) a line of verse that lacks a syllable in the last metrical foot
ii. incomplete; partial; not affecting the whole of a substance
I’m not a poet and won’t pretend to fully grasp catalexis, yet. But I love the term as a kind of metaphor for writing itself — an undertaking that will always, in some respects, be incomplete or partial, and yet still might capture some greater whole.