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The Anxiety of Non-Influence

I Write Like” will identify
Your literary voice,
Comparing you to Stephen King
Or Hemingway or Joyce.
I dared to hope I’d be a Poe,
A Hawthorne or a Clemens.
At least a Philip Roth — but damn!
It seems I write like Emmons!

(For the record, I entered the next of my last entry,
“The Halfway Diet,” and evidently I write like
Cory Doctorow.)




  1. Alarie Tennille wrote:

    And many a writer wishes he/she could write like Emmons!

    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 7:25 am | Permalink
  2. Sam wrote:

    His jokes are funny; his rhythm sublime-
    More people should read the daily rhyme.

    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 7:51 am | Permalink
  3. Anna wrote:

    Apparently I write like Doctorow too! Not too shabby.

    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

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