Just when I thought that writing an essay needs to necessarily involve some sort of formal constraint, and that language in the lyric essay needs to involve ornamentation, I read this unordained, hilarious and thoughtful essay by Jenny Boully in Triquarterly.
Also you should check out Repat Blues' recent essaying around a past love affair, I will also be teaching these to my students next week. She's been on fire as of late, really.
Happy Birthday, Ms. Simione. The girls are throwing you a party.