Day 224 of the "What are you reading, and why?" project, and Mary is reading a big stack of books--somewhere under the stack of whales--while a fine young man is happily reading a stack of stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Meanwhile, a local Lincoln impersonator took home from Babbitt's today a stack of our newly-acquired Lincoln books...bungee-corded to the basket on the back of his motorcycle! Life is a stack of amazements.
And over at Whale Sound, Nic Sebastian is recording a stack of poems in her beautiful voice, including one of mine, sort of a scary persona poem called "The Way Back." If you want to read it while she reads it aloud, she provides the link back to Apparatus, where it was published online, as do I, on the right side of this blog.
Have you seen that commercial where Abe Lincoln is standing behind Mary Todd Lincoln, and she asks,"Does this dress make my backside look big?" He's Honest Abe, poor guy. What can he do?
"Does that poem make me sound like a whale?"
Mary's having a whale of a time with her bedside stack:
Phoebe Gloekner: A Child's Life & Other Stories, and The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Mary Karr: Lit
Eve Ensler: I Am an Emotional Creature
Anthony Bourdain: Medium Raw and The Nasty Bits
And her good news is that she found a poem she was searching for: "Flower of Five Blossoms," by Galway Kinnell, in his book When One Has Lived A Long Time Alone.
"You must change your life," said Rilke. So that's what I keep doing. I worked as an actor and director in Chicago, wrote for an encyclopedia, edited two poetry journals, shelved and retrieved materials in several libraries, walked beans, and was an assistant professor of English. Now I serve as Poetry Editor and Editor at Large for Escape Into Life, an online arts magazine, write & edit as a freelancer, blog "eight days a week," study the random, tend perennials, and listen to birdsong.