The Grand Piano

San Francisco 1975–80

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Bob Perelman begins:

I PROPOSE that we consider a basic issue facing writers: love.

Is this the oldest hat, important to keep in secretest closet? I don't think so, but I only want to pose the issue, with various threads attaching to my own concerns. You can take it where you like, or veer from the word itself if it feels too old and inert. It was hard for me to write it there, above, posing it as a term in a discussion of writing. The single sentence sits in front of a number of stuttering stops. I want to counterpose it to the kind of pleasure I used to get, and still do if truth be told, from veering off from given words and structures....

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