Sunday, September 06, 2009

My Life According to Martin Espada (a fun literary exercise or total waste of time, depending...)

My Life According to [fill in the name of a poet you like)

Thanks to Sesshu Foster for the following meme. And to Lorna Dee Cervantes whose inspired answers, using Pablo Neruda poem titles, totally made me want to try this. Spread it around!

Using only POEM titles from ONE POET, answer these questions. Pass it on to 12 (or a million) people you like. You can't use the poet I used. Do not repeat a title. Repost as "My Life According to (POET)."

[I decided on Martin Espada, who was my favorite poet in the late 1990s, because I own about 6 of his books--hence more poem titles from which to choose. Also, i liked so many titles that i listed more than one--at times. That's just me...]


Are you a male or female?

"The River Will Not Testify"
"Blackballed by the Rainbow Girls"
"Watch Me Swing"

Describe yourself:

"The Toolmaker Unemployed"
"Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper"

How do you feel?

"Job Search Got Us Down"

Describe where you currently live:

"Where the Disappeared Would Dance"
"From an Island You Cannot Name"

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

"Transient Hotel Sky at the Hour of Sleep"
"Latin Night at the Pawnshop"

Your favorite form of transportation:

"Sleeping on the Bus"

What's the weather like?

"Ashes and Donuts"
"Rain Delay: Toledo Mud Hens, July 8, 1994"

Favorite time of day:

"When Songs Become Water"
"Cada Puerco Tiene Su Sabado"

Your relationships:

"I Apologize for Giving You Poison Ivy (by Smacking You in the Eye with the Crayfish at the End of My Fishing Line)"

Your fear:

"The New Bathroom Policy at English High School"
"Tires Stacked in the Hallways of Civilization"
"The Chota and the Patron"
"Thieves of Light"

What is the best advice you have to give?

"Sing in the Voice of a God Even Atheists Can Hear"
"We Live by What We See at Night"

If you could change your name, you would change it to:

"Beloved Spic"
"Transient Hotel Werewolf"

My soul's present condition:

"Preciosa Like a Last Cup of Coffee"

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