in the Shadow of Greatness


February 22, 2004


I woke this morning to a PRI program talking about creative folks holding down regular mundane jobs. Writers doing 9 to 5 accountant jobs. Poets being marketing reps. Screenwriters who are nurses by day.

Well, they had several small interviews with some of these people. They love what they do—and manage to stay sane even while working a 9 to 5 job.

Yes, if they really could they would write all the time—-but this doesn't happen for most of them.

Zelazny was a civil servant, a 9 to 5 guy. He also wanted to be a poet. Loved poetry. He obviously had a talent for it.

There was one poet on the show—said something very interesting about their published poetry.

"A poet leaves out something deliberately so that the reader will put themselves in the poem."

Something came to mind and really stuck with me. Human mystery. Folks today want things explained. They want clarity. The worst sort of comment on a book? I wasn't interested. Not involved. The second worst? I didn't understand it. It was hard to follow.

Even when I didn't understand Roger Zelazny, it was never hard to follow—I went along to see the journey.

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