Winter 2011 • Vol. XXXIII No. 1 Nonfiction |

The Lightning Bug and the Lightning

Excerpt from Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing* Jasmine, Inur, and Kristie took my Modern Poetry class last semester. Nina took that class with me last spring. George, Suzanne, Diana, and Veronique took my workshop in novel writing, also last spring. Of the others in the room, I recognize only Robert, a graduate student in our MFA writing program. He also owns two of the better restaurants in the area—Robert's in Water Mill and the Paradise in Sag Harbor. As soon as I spot him, it occurs that I might inveigle him into holding the class party at Robert's, for free. I mention this brainstorm as I call the roll. He maintains an amused but noncommittal expression. Ana, Donna, and Sven, like Robert, have not taken classes with me before and appear both more polite and more apprehensive than the others. I try to make everyone feel as uncomfortable as possible. "Why do you want to take this class, Jasmine?" I ask the twenty two-year-old. "To learn to

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Roger Rosenblatt
Roger Rosenblatt's most recent book is the novel, Thomas Murphy. He is the recipient of the 2015 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.

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