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Musings on Others’ Muses

The truths embedded in one-liners, witticisms, and other notable quotes often provide fodder for your own muse. You may listen to Charlie riff on the Emily Dickinson catch-phrase “The truth is such a rare thing it is delightful to tell it.” and hear him reveal darker secrets from his past as well. This and more in the following links: stream or file download.

The First Marriage

I got married the first time before I knew who I was, so of course I resented her for being in the way of me finding out. It doesn’t have to go that way I know, sometimes a wife can help you peel back the layers, but this was not that kind of marriage. It was the other kind. It hurts to write this even now, decades later when I can believe I was a different person then, capable of such colossal coldness able to make love without loving

till, finally, even that went away.

     –Charlie Rossiter
     (previously published in Paterson Literary Review)

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