“Grace Paley” by John Skoyles


At Sarah Lawrence, a student gripes
that each morning when she tries
to write, nothing happens.
She sits and sits, and files her nails.
Sips more coffee, types a bit,
gets up to spray her failing plants.
“Grace,” she asks in front of the class,
“Can you help?” Grace, her gray hair
in a bun, wearing a floral dress
and cracking gum, puts her hands
on her knees, leans toward the woman
and says, “Maybe you’re just not a writer.”
She looks around the room.
“Maybe she’s just not a writer,”
she repeats. “Nothing wrong with that.”

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