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August 27, 2021


I am a Women's Fiction author and it is very difficult to get reviews and visibility. Getting book reviews from bloggers is more and more difficult these days. But then I read your post and felt like Cortez discovering the Pacific Ocean in Keats's sonnet.

This is great, makes for a useful checklist of well-worn -- worn-out? -- rhetorical devices.
I had not known the word Eidetic. I do now, and I don't much like it. If I ever need to report that someone experiences mental images of unusual vividness and detail, as if actually visible, I'd prefer to write that the subject experiences mental images of unusual vividness and detail, as if actually visible.
Something like that, maybe shorter. Maybe longer. More vivid.

How do I love thee David....I counted the ways...there were 20...
That I will read again whenever the blue skies are grey.

Many thanks for the appreciative comments, Grace and Suzanne. The other night Dick Van Dyke sent me to restful sleep with "Gray skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face."

Apropros, the choice of subject. I vote for the story of Eve and the temptation, and that she was the agent of the fall, which bummed me out until I read what Emerson wrote in 1841: “Times of heroism are generally times of terror, but the day never shines in which this element may not work. The circumstances, we say, are historically somewhat better in this country and at this hour than perhaps ever before. More freedom exists for culture. It will not now run against an axe at the first step out of the beaten track of opinion. But who so is heroic will always find crises to try his edge. Human virtue demands her champions and martyrs, and the trial of persecution always proceeds.”

“At the end of the day heroes fall all the time, but legends always get up.” Isaiah Jewett

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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