From the Reverb11 event:
What is my favorite piece of writing from 2011?
This one, about another man's story. This one was hard to write, due to my feelings of inadequacy. So I took time and listened to the story several times and remembered details and nuances. I tend to remember the arrow or the direction of the story or the argument but am not too mindful of the particulars. Taking time to acknowledge these gave this writing balance.
On the other hand, it's typical of me because I stop short, lacking endurance.
If I had a second choice, this would be the one. It reflects taking a new direction in life and opening my mind even in a commonplace repetitive activity such as driving. At the same time, there's the usual allusiveness, which may be a copout, pointing to someone else's work rather than writing what I mean.
I can look back on some things I've written and say there was something alive in me and maybe something will be alive in me again.