I just finished reading Light Years by James Salter. I’d never heard of the author or the book before reading this blog post:
I just finished it and it completely destroyed me. Yes, the book is about an aging couple with kids navigating life and so I’m sure it hit him harder for me - but the language is pure poetry all the way through. Paragraphs feel like molasses - rich with poetry and imagination.
So, firstly - you should read this book! It’s wonderful.
Secondly, who else writes like this? Who are your favourite authors who write poetic language? Two that spring to mind for me: Nicholson Baker and Raymond Chandler…