Friday, April 12, 2013

Posted by Laurel Garver on Friday, April 12, 2013 6 comments
Eminem owes a literary debt to this guy?
I'm the featured guest today over at Anne Gallagher's blog, where she interviews me about all things poetry. Stop on by HERE to discover who my favorite poets are, what it means to "think like a poet," how writing can be like having a sprained ankle, and how Eminem fits into the history of poetic expression (I guarantee you'll be surprised). I also suggest how we might make poetry as trendy as knitting and vegan diets.

Can you name the guy in this photo? He's best known for the poem "Howl," which begins with the line "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness...".

Do you have any unusual or surprising literary influences?

6 comments:

  1. I'll take a stab and say Ferlinghetti only because I know it's not Dylan Thomas. lol

    Funny, I just wrote a post for next week about my earlier influences and I realized it wasn't pretty. At least now I can say I owe Jane Austen a debt of gratitude.

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    1. You're very close--this guy was a compadre of Ferlinghetti's.

      I think it's much more interesting to read a writer whose influences are very broad than one who has stuck in their own genre ghetto, so to speak. Looking forward to your post!

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  2. I thought Jeff Goldbloom right away, but I know that's not it. But he is a dead ringer for him! LOL

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    1. LOL. Yep, pretty close resemblance, though Goldblum has a narrower nose. James Franco actually played this guy in a film in 2010.

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  3. Cool.

    Laurel,

    Don't forget your book NEVER GONE is featured at my blog today..So please drop by and let me know what you think of the intro I created for your book.

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    1. Doh. Lost track of the days. Heading over to say hello! Thanks a million for the feature!! :)

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