From David Slavitt's new book of essays:
“You learn to write defensively, as you learn to drive defensively, always looking out for sudden wacky things those with whom you share the road are likely to do. But there is a limit beyond which caution becomes anxiety so that you can´t even get into the car.”
I'd imagine a whole series of essays: manual vs automatic transmission / poetry in overdrive / always use your turn signals / jumpstart / oil change / tire pressure or tired pressure / power steering / catalytic converter / passenger comfort / fan belts / mufflers / cruise control.......I'm sure there are many more. Any help?
Re Verse: Essays on Poetry and Poets
David R. Slavitt
Northwestern University Press