Friday, March 18, 2005

Walk softly and carry a big meme, or, Tales of a broken boomerang

Emily passed me the damn stick. And just when I was getting ready to forgive her for having the same first name as my evil ex. Hehehe.

Okay, here goes:

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
Some piece of crap by Ann Coulter, because if I'm gonna burn I may as well deserve it.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
True Confessions time here: Harriet (Mo's ex) from Alison Bechdel's brilliant comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For made me quite tingly for a while.
And I suppose Bruce Springsteen is pretty fictional in a way.

The last book you bought is:
Name All the Animals by Alison Smith

The last book you read:
The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars by Chris Forhan

What are you currently reading?
Voluntary Servitude by Mark Wunderlich
Long Life by Mary Oliver
Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World ed. by Gregory Orr and Ellen Bryant Voigt
The Joy Harjo-edited issue of Ploughshares
Hawaii by James Michener
and too damn many blogs...

Five books you would take to a deserted island:
You've gotta be kidding... I take more than five books for a two hour plane flight!

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
Erin, whose blog I only recently started reading, because I'm curious
Christine, because her poems scare me (in a good way) and because she was the first person who ever commented on this blog
Holly, because she's one of the people I would most like to meet up with to drink drinks and talk poetry (and non-poetry), and in an effort to move this damn stick thing over to livejournal :)


Christine said...

Ouch! I'm being beaten by THE STICK! Okay, some day soon I'll post the answers. I'm still working on that ten poems I wished I'd written.

Emily Lloyd said...

Y'know, I've dated an Amy, an Amber, an Amanda, an Aura, and an Andie (it was suggested my theme ought to be "Take the A Train"), but never an Anne...Harriet was a cutie (and looked somewhat like Aura). I like Mo, too. And Lois. I guess I'm somewhat of a cross between them [grin]. Thanks for playin'.


Erin B. said...

I don't usually go for the boys, but Mark Wunderlich is my most recent poet love affair. Do you prefer Voluntary Servitude to The Anchorage? I'm still working on an answer to my own question; but as for now, I'm going down the the sea floor with The Anchorage.

Anne said...

Erin, I'm only about halfway through Voluntary Servitude (I got distracted by other things all weekend), but so far I think I prefer The Anchorage. It seemed more, I don't know ... fresh? cohesive? But sometimes I get stuck on the book where I first encounter a poet's voice and nothing else they write ever quite measures up. I'll have to get Anchorage out of the library again so I can compare...

I've been particularly enjoying quite a few gay male poets lately, which amuses me (years ago I leaned towards a bit of separatism in my reading, not intentionally, but women's voices just engaged me more consistently). I don't know if it is just coincidence or if there's some sort of "gay male poets writing really cool stuff" movement afoot! :)

Erin B. said...

Anne, I'm completely in agreement, reading thos gay male poets like there's no tomorrow. It's not intentional, though. Like I said, I don't usually go for the boys. But hell--I say go with what's working. And if that means Wunderlich, Doty, and Phillips, sign me up.

the machinist said...

Anne--I don't believe I skipped over your purchase of Name All the Animals. I just read that a few weeks back and loved it.

I worked at a reading she gave and got to meet her. She's an extremely nice, gracious woman--very real and down-to-earth. In fact, she may be working at the store one day when three of the four employees are gone.

Let me know what you think of the book!

Anne said...

Woody, cool! I haven't read Name All The Animals yet (and I'm not sure when I'll get to it -- who me, buy books on impulse when there's already a big stack at home I haven't read yet?) but I'll try to remember to post about it when I do. I'm glad to hear the writer is good people; now I'm more glad to have bought it!

Have I mentioned how much I miss working in a queer bookstore? Sigh. We used to have a lovely women's/feminist bookstore here in Bloomington, and I volunteered there for years, but it closed about the time that Borders and Barnes & Noble moved in. I miss that place.

the machinist said...

Anne--which Bloomington are you in? Illinois or Indiana or another one I'm not sure of? I'm from Illinois, myself, so I'm rooting for the Land of Lincoln!