Writer’s envy

            Writer’s envy—it’s struck again.  The writer is Brian Doyle, and his essay, Joyas Voladoras ,the enviable work.  Doyle focuses on minute detail of the hummingbird, then the blue whale, then other animals and their hearts in splendidly fresh prose that is simply passionate from the first sentence.  The content moves from these astonishing animals, one so small, the other, extremely large,  then zeroes in on the human and the human heart in the final paragraph.  The essay is so beautiful, I could cry.  It moves me to re-enroll in a biology class first, then give up all that I do to save the animal kingdom and the world.  Any writer, any reader, would feel so uplifted after such an essay, and yet so many humans probably wouldn’t read more than a sentence or two.


About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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