"To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired."
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Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, Webster MA
The locals call it "Lake Webster".
The lake has three connecting sections: north, middle, and south. Two native American tribes lived in the area. The myth goes that one chief said to the other: "Chargoggagagg. Manchauggagogg. Chaubunagangamaugg." which translates: "I fish in the north lake. You fish in the south lake. Nobody fishes in the middle lake."
by Terence Winch
for David Lehman
I woke up this morning feeling
incredibly Gorky. So I made an appointment
to see my Doctorow. He said my Hemingways
looked a little swollen and sent me to
get an M.R. James and a complete Shakespeare.
By that time, I began feeling a slight Trilling
in my Dickinsons and some minor Kipling
in my left Auden. The entire experience
was extremely Dickey.
I was referred to an H.D., who asked
about my cummings. She detected traces
of Plath in my sextons and suggested
I might also have some Updike
trapped in my Yeatsian system.
She recommended that to keep Orwell
and prevent inflammation to my Balzac,
I elevate my Flaubert once a day.
from The Drift of Things (The Figures Press, 2001)