Lyric essay is a term that some writers of creative nonfiction use to describe a type of creative essay that blends a lyrical, poetic sensibility with intellectual engagement. Although it may include personal elements, it is not a memoir or personal essay, where the primary subject is the writer's own experience. Not all creative essayists have embraced the term, however, which makes it a problematic classification in this community. Blackburn, Kathleen. Butler, Judith. Dillon, Brian.
If a story takes place, as we are told stories do, then who or what does it take that place from, and why is an acquisition verb—take—necessary to describe the activity of stories? Stories would keep taking place whether or not we worried about what it meant for them to do so, or worried about what stories actually did instead. It is this specific time that is meant to concern us when we encounter what is likely the most well known i. Imbedded in this innocent phrase, which I would like to prod for the rest of this paragraph until it leaks an interesting jelly, is a severally redundant claim of occurrence, perhaps the first thing a reader, or listener, must be promised reader: consumer of artificial time.
Suppose you want to write, in prose, about a slippery subject that refuses definition. Something like water, or the color blue. Beginning, you balk at the question of form. Like music, lyric paragraphs make use of silence. They draw attention to their own density.