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Chasing John Updike
by Leland Waldrip
Friday, October 17, 2008
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Updike novels have that “grab you” quality that we as writers all would love to have the ability to capture. A waiting room experience with an article in the AARP magazine rekindled my memories of Updike. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“When, against my better judgment, I glance back at my prose from 20 or 30 years ago, the quality I admire and fear to have lost is its carefree bounce, its snap, its exuberant air of slight excess. The author, in his boyish innocence, is calling, like the sorcerer’s apprentice, upon unseen powers—the prodigious potential of this flexible language’s vast vocabulary. Prose should have a flow, the forward momentum of a certain energized weight; it should feel like a voice tumbling into your ear.” — John Updike

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Oh, to rip life chunks from earth,
Set them under crystalline glass,
Form characters of personal worth,
Drawn from wealth or underclass.

Oh, to take those words from air,
In just-so shapes and colors sought
Jeweled beads ordered with care,
Strung on threads of golden thought.

Oh, to write such nuance and verve,
Decades ago — or the latest day,
Make semantics careen and swerve,
Narratives fold his peculiar way.

Oh, for a fraction of his timeless gift,
To bask in that — the writer’s all,
But alas, we got mostly short shrift,
And Updike— writing still— stands tall.

© 2008 R. Leland Waldrip

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Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
looks like you caught him L, great chasing verse
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
Run, Rabbit, Run! You brought back fond memories of when I first read Updike's short stories in Playboy. His recent work is just as good. Perhaps he envies the ease at which he once turned a phrase.

Reviewed by Tom Hyland

The green eyes of ENVY do glow so luminously, don't they?

Reviewed by C. J. Stevens
Ah yes. Truth wedded to eloquence. A remarkably fine poem!
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Marvelous poem, my dearest Leland. While stirred by that blend of healthy "envy", creative longing, and rushes of sheer pleasure that well up within and through the whole of one's being when in the presence (and when absorbing) the work of certain writers, and, in this particular case, of Updike's work, it actually expresses, and masterfully so, the lust (almost a carnal passion) which is the true drive of the real creator - or what I call the "inherent author". "Oh, to rip life chunks from earth..." - Yes, exactly! (I'm beaming, as I bask in the power and brilliance of this line!). So, so glad I visited AD today! (Haven't been around here much... or at all, lately. Will write you more, later.)
Glowing {{{{{{hugs}}}}}}} with heaps of love,
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Leland, you captured the verve and wrote a stimulating poem,inspired by Updike's splendid article. He was a powerful writer with masterful prose. I really like your poem! Kudo's!

ET !
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
love the quote from the article as well as youor well written poem!
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