I had quite a discussion with the two other members of a small reading group about this next short short. One of the members likes commas and proper word spacing and verisimilitude and she became agitated and sort of erupted after my reading — over the months she’d tolerated my style pretty well — and I felt not a little like the male character in the story. And I thought,Hey, it works! We had a very cordial discussion over lunch a couple days later. She’s a very good poet and she’s been getting some significant recognitionlately. The other member of our little group is also a poet, much milder in her critical approach but nevertheless probing, astute, and honest.

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