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The Non-Anxiety of Influence

Dear reader, no, you’re not in error Seeing rhymes that echo Lehrer. Sentiments that seem much darker, Those I cribbed from Dorothy Parker. Yes, that sick and twisted story Has its roots in Edward Gorey. Jobs was on the mark, I feel: Good ones copy, great ones steal!

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, [...]