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Richard Meisler

Richard Meisler writes and teaches in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He’s the author of Trying Freedom: The Case for Liberating Education (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).

— From April 1987
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Written Word

Writing words on paper is particularly arrogant. How presumptuous to believe that words on paper can capture meaning, freeze life, hold it for even a moment.

April 1987
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories


The women of my life stand in a full circle around me, waiting for me to choose among them. The clothes and expression and posture of each woman recall a particularly intense moment in our lives together. I look into their eyes and see them pleading. This is my dream and my nightmare.

September 1986


I call her “Juliet.” I don’t remember her name, and it is possible that I never knew it. Her image came to me at six o’clock every evening for years. I went to the upper floor of my house, entered any room, and turned off the light.

May 1986
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