A literature group that I participate in online — warren wilson alums –had turned into a complaint forum about the overuse of I in writing. This is a perennial complaint of course and often raised as as answer to why writing isn’t worth reading today (during whichever today this complaint is being registered). Where is mythic writing? Asked one member. (or perhaps the discussion started on the mythic as a cue for writing). I confessed thusly:
I Caused the Decline of Literature
Sex with a swan
is decidedly mythic;
sex with a swain
is mere arithmetic.