Michael Gottlieb / Letters to a Middle-Aged Poet / 20


How was it that we went from being careless souls to the souls of carelessness?

We, who never seemed to much care about how we lived and what we put in, or on, our bodies; now, we have trouble thinking about much else.
By now not only do we know many among us, in addition to those older than us – and often not that much older than us – who have died, it is also quite probable that we ourselves have fallen ill – at least once, quite possibly not inconsequentially, and what has been the impact of all that? How has that changed us?

Are we living our lives all that much more carefully?

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