Posts Tagged: death
I had become periodically insane, with long bouts of horrible sanity…
Just how do we define someone like Mark McCawley, who died earlier this year after a twelve-year wrestling match with cancer? Writer Bart Plantenga does his best in a memorial to an energetic, loving, larger-than-life man whom he admired greatly....more
“All plots tend to move deathward,” the narrator of “White Noise” says. “This is the nature of plots. Political plots, terrorist plots, lovers’ plots, narrative plots, plots that are part of children’s games. We edge nearer death every time we plot.
Most writers have imagined the scene of their own death—in the hopes of stylizing the moment or savoring the thought of someone sifting through and publishing their old manuscripts. It seems that James Tate, even in death, outdid us all by leaving his earthly post in the most writerly way possible: with a delightful last poem stuck in his typewriter....more