Spring 2024 - On Having Given Up the Piano


I was lucky enough to grow up in a house with a glossy mahogany baby grand piano, courtesy of my mother, who still played quite a bit – mostly Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen (“Scenes from Childhood”), Opus 15. In retrospect, it is ironic that those pieces should have been the soundtrack to my childhood, given how much I loved the piano and yet how easily I walked away from it – as one does when one’s teacher says that two hours of daily practice will be inadequate and that nothing less than three hours will suffice …


Susan Glickman’s most recent book is Artful Flight: Essays and Reviews, 1985–2019 (Porcupine’s Quill, 2022). She is the author of seven books of poetry, four novels for adults, three novels for children, and a work of literary history. She lives in Toronto, where she works as a freelance editor and is learning to paint.

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