Writer’s Quote Wednesday

My quote this week is:

“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s”.

J. D. Salinger (1919 – 2010)

Raised in Manhattan, in his early life he wrote the great American novel -The Catcher in the Rye, 1951. I guess he was overwhelmed by its success. This drove him into seclusion, or he mounted a pitch battle to preserve his privacy. Depends on your perspective.

His depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence in the protagonist Holden Caulfield was influential, especially among adolescent readers.The novel remains widely read and controversial, selling around 250,000 copies a year. (Wiki)
A few years back I was facinated by his reaction to his fame and did some digging. At the time I was familiarizing myself with different forms of poetry and the following was the results.

TETRACTYS POEM: WRITER

his

readers

passionate

about his work

would climb onto its pages and live it

his unrequited love left him broken

recluse from fame

not published

for years

writes

PR

1/27/2014

TETRACTYS POEM: WRITER 2

mad

writes on

disciplined

released demons

closer to characters than family

chased immortality through young lovers

wrote everyday

unpublished

by choice

famed

PR

1/27/2014

NONET POEM: WRITER 3

normal boundaries was not for him

he held himself above his peers

and completely believed it

owned it made it happen

self-aggrandizing

if not him who

controlling

distant

writes

PR

1/31/2014

HAIKU:WRITER 4

Notoriety
From overwhelming success
Sanity threatened

PR

1/27/2014

LIST POEM: WRITER 5

publication short story shelved

took it to war

wrote during active deployment

wrote amidst atrocities

wrote to save his soul

the book was born in battle

did his own editing

no changes allowed

at liberation of Dachau

maddened by war

work came first

DO NOT DISTURB

disconnect with lovers abrupt

writing was his permanent Mistress

PR

2/03/2014

HAIKU: WRITER 6

promos book tours none
autographs interviews none
It’s all in the work

PR

2/10/2014

FREE VERSE POEM: WRITER 7

Fan consolation

All that was of him

Poured from pen to paper

Fiercely protective of his work

It was as it originally emerged

PR

2/12/14

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15 responses to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday

    • Thank you, yes I did write them all. My research said he continued writing but never allowed any more novels to be published. I can only imagine the expectations for anything else he wrote after that must have been tremendous. Who could live up to that?

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