Tuesday, April 07, 2009

What Would Wallace Stevens Say?

This morning, Victoria Chang is frustrated because she's been working on being a famous writer since, like, second grade, and now EVERYONE thinks they can become a famous writer--just like (snaps finger) that!* You know?




*Give or take 10,000 hours.

The photo is of Wallace Stevens, New York Law School, Class of 1903. I suspect that Wally is several thousand hours past the Age of Innovation in this photograph.


Blogger Matthew Thorburn said...

Speaking of "old" innovators, your friend Jack Ridl had a cool poem on Verse Daily the other day:


I think Mr. Stevens would have enjoyed it!

11:01 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...


Thanks for pointing this out. I wonder if Jack even knew it was published on Verse Daily. He didn't say anything.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I liked the Ridl poem too. It was weird to see so soon after your photo of the poetry lunch.

I'd be angry at ms chang (yes, intentional lower case) except she just seems so ignorant, it ends up being funny.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Matthew Thorburn said...

My pleasure, Greg. I usually check their site each day, but just saw his poem today in the archives. I was looking for some inspiration for today's NaPoWriMo poem, and I think I found it right there.

By the way, Jack's poem made me think of this Tom Andrews poem, which I found Brent had posted some time back, which has a similar form:


12:18 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

So I am assuming 'Moby Dick' is out of the question, then?

But personally, I agree. I don't think you should be allowed to write unless you resign yourself, at the earliest age possible, to a life of blogging about writing and writing short stories in solitude. Nothing else has any merit.

But then again, I'm just a waitress. What do I know?

12:28 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...


So...the hours you spent watching "Rainbow Brite" and "My Little Pony"...

Exactly how do they reflect on YOUR chances?

12:38 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

What do you know about My Little Pony, dad? Are you a seasoned equestrian?

Stick to what you know, buddy, and leave the rest to the professionals.

12:43 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...



As Cornholio says, "Are you threatening me?!?"

12:54 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...


There is a strong conection between Jack Ridl and Tom Andrews. Jack was Tom's teacher at Hope College, and also became Tom's brother-in-law.

1:02 PM  

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