In retrospect I'm tempted to call it tenebrous dark, For the rich mythic sound, the liturgical grandeur, The once and once onliness
of the words, But that March night was all so routine-- A night run's insomniac boredom, A good drunk to numb it, See ya .
loneliness "nil (one less one) illness," El Onliness
, a "none less
But in so far as Onliness
is stylistically different from my poems, and I think it is, it's because I was having such fun playing with Flannery O'Connor and Faulkner and Harry Crews and Jack Matthews and all the people I had read with such admiration over the years.
These qualities were reconfirmed in Onliness
(1981), a novel of character and allegorical situation set in Virginia.