Friday, December 18, 2015

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life -- book review

I started reading Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life the other day.  I am about half way through it and am enjoying it so much, I thought I'd let you know.  

The book is classic Anne Lamott and the subject (so far) centers around the classes she teaches on writing.  I am engaged and amused, as I always am with her books.

She quoted the following poem in her book and I liked it so much, I thought I'd pass it along.  I hope you enjoy it, too!

We who are
your closest friends
feel the time
has come to tell you
that every Thursday
we have been meeting,
as a group,
to devise ways
to keep you
in perpetual uncertainty
discontent and
by neither loving you
as much as you want
nor cutting you adrift.
Your analyst is
in on it,
plus your boyfriend
and your ex-huysband;
and we have pledged to disappoint you
as long as you need us.
In announcing our
we realize we have
placed in your hands
a possible antidote
against uncertainty
indeed against ourselves.
But since our Thursday nights
have brought us
to a community
of purpose
rare in itself
with you as
the natural center,
we feel hopeful you
will continue to make unreasonable
demands for affection
if not as a consequence
of your disastrous personality
then for the good of the collective.

by Phillip Lopate

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