Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Six Word Memoir

Bookbabie came up with it; Cati Porter tagged Diane Lockward; and Diane tagged me. Here's the scoop:
What would you say if you had to summarize your life in only six words? Bookbabie got the idea from a book written by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, Not Quite What I was Expecting: Six Word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure. It is a compilation based on the story that Hemingway once bet ten dollars that he could sum up his life in six words. His words were—For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Here are the rules:
1. Write your own six word memoir
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like
3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
4. Tag five more blogs with links
5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!
Here's mine: Girl in the middle; loves edges.

I never like the whole "tag five people" thing ... it reminds me too much of picking teams for dodgeball in gym class, and that was never a fun thing. So, if you feel so moved, please feel free to consider yourself tagged and cite me as the one who did the tagging. Cool?


Kelli said...

That's a great one!

Montgomery Maxton said...

i really like it. very poetic.

Anonymous said...

Fun memoir, thanks for playing:)

Diane Lockward said...

Excellent! Enigmatic. Finding just the right words is
not easy, but it's what we do as poets, yes? A good exercise.

Poet with a Day Job said...

Good one Anne! I failed miserably.

Anne said...

Thanks, y'all! I've enjoyed reading yours (those who have posted them -- MM, I double dog dare ya to do it).

Anonymous said...

Well, the techno-thrope in me rears up and declines to do any tagging or interacting in cyberspace, but if I may:

Fish thrown back in water, drowning.

-- JL (who will probably regret this off-the-cuff posting in another two hours)

Anne said...

JL (who are you? I'm racking my brain trying to think of JL's I know...): I like it very much! See, you should de-lurk more often. :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Anne. This is JL Kato. I did not mean to be so mysterious. We met, albeit briefly, in Indianapolis during Roger Mitchell's reading. I'm the one who mentioned I recognized you from your picture on this blog. I've also been in Bloomington a few times and am somewhat familiar with the poets in your city. I check various web sites and blogs and report in a weekly newsletter on poetry activities in central Indiana. I appreciate your informative and enlightening comments.

Anne said...

JL: Aha! That explains it. I do remember you. :) I'd be interested in getting on the mailing list for your newsletter, actually -- if that's a possibility! Let me know. (You can email me, ahaines at gmail dot com, if that seems better than leaving comments here.)