Luann Landon is the author of Dinner at Miss Lady's, a memoir-cookbook; and of South Bound, a collection of narrative poems. Her book of haiku, Spider Shallow Coral Bells, will be published in 2020. She lives in Sewanee, Tennessee.
No matter what, New York was through for him. The dancehall days were over. There were no more serendipities. There was nobody to meet. Not like he’d been told from the stories in the bar. Not like how he’d pictured them, from old movies with his grandmother . . .
Those of us who got to spend time with the poet Mark Strand, summer after summer, at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, will recognize the tongue-in-cheek tone of the following remark: “It is sometimes—but not always—nice to think that people may be talking about you when you are not present, that you are the subject of a conversation you have not steered in your direction and whose evolution depends on your absence. This is what happens to the famous. And to the dead. They can be the life of the party and never show up.”