Saturday, October 04, 2008

Burdens/an awful tendency

Writers have an awful tendency­--
a number, I'm sure, but this one
in particular--of offing themselves.

Or, to be less callous, the responsibility
--the weight of knowing the literary recipe
for evoking love, fear, mourning--is enough

to persuade the staunchest souls
that no person should hold such power
over readers, nor such desire to use it.

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