The Writing Life

At garage sales

I go straight to the carton of second-hand books

I always look for The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

determined to own every copy

I enjoy seeing it in its many guises

and jackets

to map its evolving look throughout the years


the other day I sat down to read it

after six or seven years

It seems the prose is evolving too

because it struck me as a little too oh-I-don’t-know

precious, maybe

in a way I don’t remember.



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2 thoughts on “The Writing Life

  1. patrickjegan says:

    Very well put. Annie Dillard is great!

  2. Thanks Patrick. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by her besides The Writing Life, if you can believe it. Not even the one for which she won a Pulitzer. Anything you’d recommend by her?

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