What If No One Invented the Essay?

Cover of Planet of the Blind....man and dog....

One morning you’re taller than usual though the circumstance is a feature of sleep—the last seconds of a dream. When you step from bed your slippers don’t fit right.

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I don’t think Montaigne invented the essay. There I’ve said it. No one invented the damned thing. It was old by the time of Plato.

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Don’t you tell me. Don’t you tell me. What did you do with my spoon?

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Protagoris, Pythagoris, the Goris Brothers Band….

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Thunka thunka, twang, Wallace Stevens caught in a clothes line.

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I envy Pentti Saarikoski his early education, reading all that Greek while outside snow fell in the impossible Helsinki darkness. It’s provincial culture and the adaptable intelligences I love.

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My mother learned to shoot a Colt revolver when she was 8. My grandfather left her alone at the farm and told her, “shoot first, ask questions later.” I come from an elaborately fucked up family.

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I still like Wallace Stevens caught in a clothesline.

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I still like silently mouthing Greek while snow falls in the far north.

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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