Poem: "After Love," by Maxine Kumin, from Selected Poems (W. He worked for years as an aerospace engineer, and when he came home from his work every day he would go down to his basement and write.
He learned to write by copying out sentences from writers like James Joyce and F.
Scott Fitzgerald and Franz Kafka, and then trying to break them down into their component parts.
He wrote some short stories and the drafts of two novels, but he wasn't satisfied with them.
Then, one summer, he got a job doing research on the writer John Gardner.
" Coover finished The Public Burning in 1975, but his publisher was afraid it was libelous, and it wasn't published for another two and half years. Coover's most recent novel is The Adventures of Lucky Pierre: Director's Cut (2002). We need story; otherwise the tremendous randomness of experience overwhelms us.
Story is what penetrates." It's the birthday of poet Gavin Ewart, born in London (1916).
He published his first collection of poems, Poems and Songs, in 1938, but then he quit writing poetry for almost twenty years.
He served in World War II, and when he came back he worked in publishing and advertising.
He sifted through boxes of Gardner's drafts and revisions, and it was then that he realized how much work went into writing fiction.