Back from Des Moines and the reading went well. Everyone at Drake was very nice, and it was great to read with Aaron and Shanley (who were both fantastic). Shanley's poems were like polished rocks, all pretty but scary underneath. Aaron's reading was wild and fun. There was a projector involved. Mostly, it projected excellence.
Guess which of the following was not asked after the reading?
- "How does it feel to write in English?"
- "Do you speak a foreign language or play an instrument? If not, how do you communicate with people who speak other languages?"
- "Where do you get your ideas?"
- "Have you ever travelled?"
- "Who decides what's good?"
- (guitar solo)
- Advertisements for consumer electronics
- Does this count?
- Probably John Updike. Or you. Probably definitely you in conjunction with John Updike.
I wish the man who asked most of these questions could follow me around and keep me on my toes by occassionally shouting out questions connected only by a vague interest in foreign policy. He had a beard and seemed very nice.
If he were writing this post, he'd end by asking, "What's our responsibility to people in Madrid?" Really, it's hard to beat that.