Chana Bloch Remembers Mark O’Brien

Excerpt from Poetry Foundation:

He could physically manage to write only two hours a day, so writer’s block was a luxury he couldn’t afford. “And I try to write as clearly as I can,” he said. “Because it’s hard for people to understand my speech, I want my writing to be as clear as possible.” He thought of poetry and journalism as related, both requiring clarity, specificity, and concision. Journalism gave him a voice in the community and a little income, but his poetry—as Susan Fernbach put it—“came from his soul.”

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