I read and listen to contemporary and modern poetry. I read magazine articles. I read coterie fiction, especially short fiction.
I studied with Lorrie Moore, Larry Woiwode, Jerome Rothenberg, James Robison, Rosellen Brown, and Adam Zagajewski.
A man I didn't recognize interrupted my chatting at a poetry party in the Village to alert me to Kate Millett's presence there. He then asked me a handful of sharp, personal questions. I answered about half of them before understanding the man was Bruce Andrews.
On another occasion, Robert Bly, visiting Binghamton commented to Woiwode that I seemed "shallow." He disliked my stiff upright posture at dinner and said so. Later we hooked pinky fingers over reception wine.
I saw Borges read and Baldwin.
These and other brushes with celerity sustain my writing as much as reading.
Jefferson Hansen interviews me on fiction in Big Bridge at Experimental Fiction/Poetry/Jazz:
Old link: http://experimentalfictionpoetry.blogspot.com/2009/09/fiction-in-latest-big-bridge.html
New link (Thanks to Marcus Speh at kaffe in katmandu):
Russell Bittner interviews me on poetry at A Long Story Short's Poet's Corner:
A few of my posts:
Books at Fictionaut, The Blog of the Fictionaut (2012)
Creative nonfiction & book reviews editor at Mad Hatters' Review (2008 to present)
Fiction editor at Women Writers: a Zine (2008-2010)
Fiction reader at Drunken Boat (2010 to present)
Why do I write? because I did not quit.
The late 80s saw me mixing prose genres. By 1991, I experimented with that in a longer ms. form, and it undid me at school in Houston -- I couldn't find precedents in library or bookstore. Clarice Lispector's Cronicas -- not published in translation until 1995 by New Directions but written for Jornal do Brasil over decades (to the 1970s) -- turned out to be my key and confirmation when I discovered the book in 2000. I won a prose grant for the 1991 work in 1998 in Minnesota. The panel labeled it "non-fiction" because there was no category then for mixed-genre.
Gordon Lish ran my first three published short stories in The Quarterly in 1988 and 1989.
I happily mix genres and experiment with reverse chronology at my weblog, Ana Verse. My short stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Fiction International, Gulf Coast, Washington Review, Black Ice, Big Bridge, Submodern Fiction, Mad Hatters' Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Metazen, BLIP magazine, Wigleaf, Whale Sound, fwriction : review, Big City Lit, Thrice Fiction, Ragazine, THIS Literary Magazine, Altered Scale, Asymptote, and other journals.
My poetry chapbook, dog barks up a tree at the apple left in it under a deerslim moon, was published by Dusie Kollektiv in 2009: http://www.dusie.org/issuenine.html and http://www.dusie.org/Bogle_Manuscript.pdf. Solzhenitsyn Jukebox, an ebook of five stories that appeared originally at Fictionaut, with cover art by Rachel Lisi and edited by Jeffrey Side, was published by Argotist Ebooks in 2010: http://www.argotistonline.co.uk/SOLZHENITSYN%20JUKEBOX.pdf. See a trailer for Solzhenitsyn Jukebox created by Meg Pokrass: http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7567171/solzhenitsyn-jukebox-by-ann-bogle-e-book-trailer. Country Without A Name, a collection of 24 pieces, with cover art and illustrations by Daniel Harris and edited by Bill Yarrow, was published by Argotist in 2011: http://www.argotistonline.co.uk/COUNTRY%20WITHOUT%20A%20NAME.pdf.
Early influences in short story: Grace Paley, Lorrie Moore, Raymond Carver, Amy Hempel.
Other authors whose influence affects my work: Christa Wolf, H.D., Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, Willa Cather, Jane Bowles, Jean Rhys, Mina Loy, George Orwell, Anais Nin, Marguerite Duras, Lillian Hellman, Clarice Lispector, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, John Berryman, Leslie Scalapino, Lydia Davis, Lyn Hejinian, Andre Dubus, Donald Barthelme, James Robison, James Tate, Bruce Andrews, Padgett Powell, Eileen Myles, Tony Kushner, Susan Orlean, T. C. Boyle, Denis Johnson, Mary Gaitskill, Meg Pokrass, Tao Lin, Michel de Montaigne, Alice Munro, Anton Chekhov, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, William Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, among others.
Semiotics and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E and Minimalism
Authors, writers, and poets whose work I read in manuscript.
Collections and anthologies.
No Place on Earth, Trilogy, Hermione, Notes on Thought and Vision, Orlando, A Room of One's Own, To the Lighthouse, The Pargiters, Certain Things Last, Two Serious Ladies, The Last Lunar Baedeker, Down and Out in Paris and London, Henry and June, Practicalities, Maybe, Cronicas, Recovery, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence, Break It Down, Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, The Language of Inquiry, Adultery and Other Choices, Sixty Stories, The Teachings of Don B., The Ghost Soldiers, White Dialect Poetry, The Interrogative Mood, The Importance of Being Iceland, Jesus' Son, Veronica, Runaway, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Jane Eyre, Self-Help, What I Think I Did, Chronicles, Silences, To Kill a Mockingbird, Siddhartha, Franny and Zooey, Anna Karenina and others.
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Thanks for giving "Light, Now" a star, Ann, and good wishes for 2013.
I love everything about your Matchmaker comment.
Re: Hair. thanks for the reminiscent comment. They were total hypocrites about money. If they had it, they were supposed to hide it. But how else did they live without working?
Thanks, Ann (for reading "The Man of the Blue Ski Jacket")! And thanks for bringing up the cash counting. It's interesting, the less money a person has, the more secure he feels in its tangibility. Yet, real wealth is illusory, abstract numbers on a balance sheet.
Thanks for reading Herbert Hunk and thanks for your nice comment. I really didn't think I was going to get any bites on this one. Much appreciated, Ann.
I thanked you after each of your wonderful contributions to the group Psychotherapy.
Ann, you are right, the Hateful Patient is more of an essay and a pet peeve about entitled doctors whose degrees require them to treat everybody, pleasant or not. That's what I did all my years as a therapist and saw it as a challenge rather than "hateful." I was given the article on hateful patients early in my career and was shocked. I also tinkered with tenses. Thanks for your thoughtful comment about Maury.
Werewolves are definitely better than vampires. They're kind of like pets.
Thanks so much for following the Anne Frank series. It means a lot to me that you are interested. You are such an insightful and deep reader. This has taken me forever to write and I eventually want to publish it.
RE: Make that a Double - Love that you love it. It's so weird that I love it too, but it takes a certain sensibility.
Ann thank you so much for reading and liking Art of Madness. It's greatly appreciated :)
Thanks for your comment on The Cough. I really enjoyed writing that part of the story.
Thanks, Ann for reading and commenting on "Honor Grade." I value your compliments.
Thanks, Ann, for commenting on 'His Kind of Woman.' I'm glad you liked my little tribute to Buk.
Hi Ann, thank you very much for your comment on the 0lmsted-referencing piece ;). I'm amazed that you ran across it on here! I look forward to reading your stories, starting with the Daniel Ortega one.
Thanks for your long, flattering fave on Sapperstein.
Thanks, Ann, for commenting on and faving "Bare, Ruined Palace."
Thanks Ann for reading "Notebooks." I guess most of my pieces are pretty quiet...makes them hard to publish as individual stories. Don't really care though. Keeping my eye on the big book and all. Cheers!
Ann, thank you for your gentle comment about Suicide Notes.
Thanks for commenting on "Did You Get Two." Glad you liked it.
Loved your comment on "A Thousand Books," Ann. Thanks for the fave!
ooh, i didn't mean 'doors to open' as in the Doors of Opportunity or The Doors to the Palace etc. More accurate would be to say: i like the way you force the boundaries ... of what we can/cannot do with our words. That is what you do for me - I see boundaries falling away and I loves it.
Okay, I just saw your message on my wall re: WHAT. Hilarious! X
Ann, thank you so much for your sweet, thoughtful, lengthy response to Reading and the Table. The fave is much appreciated. I liked the way you described the directness of the story, its responses, and cited the quote.
"Was that phrase Jimmy Carter's in Playboy originally?" Yes, but he took it from the Bible.
Really great idea and execution, Ann! I look forward to everything you post.
Thank you for your sweet comments on The Sneeze.
Thank you for your excellent comment on Spaghetti Woman and the fave. I found and enjoyed Lesson 38.
Thanks for commenting on "Annulling the Future," Ann. The bride is an allegorical figure. She's the future!
Hi, Ann. Thanks for reading and faving "Pink Dress." It's funny, you perfectly described my childhood. Lots of dangerous things that in hindsight were not so dangerous. I think I need to keep working on the pathos of the situation. I sort of hinted at the pathos behind the mother's reaction at the end. Will keep fine tuning this one.
In response to your note on my wall, I love the concept of tempo applied to Unmailed Letter to B'go. Someone's thoughts can be very racy even if the person doesn't seem so from the outside. That was my impression of this narrator. You are right. It is not a clinical observation, it's an observation of the tempo of the piece. I don't think in terms of music, but you are right. The piece is very musical. Like the Flight of the Bumblebee.
Thanks, Ann for commenting on "Dumb-Waiter." I'm trying out these exercises in form. Trying to chisel away and find the soul. It's quite fun actually.
Our reading this afternoon at Common Good Books in St. Paul featured Jason Lee Norman, on tour from Canada with his flash collection, Americas, Jefferson Hansen of Minneapolis and me of St. Louis Park (one block west of Minneapolis). Garrison Keillor owns the bookstore; he came in an hour before the reading then sat at a window table at the cafe around the corner. It was the first time I had seen him in person. He looked a little scruffy, not shaven, and his jeans sagged in the rear in a very particular way, red sneakers. It was fun in the way that makes me want more, yes, more! Deals, contracts, connections, tours, and not to steal anything I don't believe in.
Thanks for the fave and incisive comments on Birds of Prayer 2 and the invitation to the unpublished flash fiction group. Thanks for all your help. You seem to be everywhere at once. It's amazing.
I've seen your wall, Ann. Intrigued.
Thanks for faving and for the great comment on the Tapeworm poem!
(N'd, cont'd) I dread bad news from the diagnosed or missed diagnosis part of the population, such as a mad man's killings. It implicates innocent people.
(N'd, cont'd) Perhaps I'll put that on my wall, tho a writer once said at Fictionaut that to write on one's own wall is masturbation.
(N'd, cont'd) Where should I write this, on which writer's wall? I think they're acting like to repudiate Christian heritage and claim a Jewish relative supersedes difference in talent automatically. My mother taught me once early not to make blood arguments.
(N'd, cont'd) I have not one Jewish great uncle that anyone has described that way to me, and their names are Vernon, Sheldon, Jewell, Carleton, and Harlan, sisters Hazel and Ruth. When the Swedes came here from Sweden, they enlisted as Baptists, and the next generation though close as a family split Congregational, Episcopalian, and Baptist. Not a Lutheran in the bunch. On my mother's adoptive side there was Methodist-Episcopal, the denomination of Frederick Douglass.
N'd, a little lost, not all the way. Your day and the destiny or fate of the couch and loveseat slightly haunt and distract me from thinking of the labor of getting them there, to the alley, and remind me of your saying that you like physical work.
Thanks so much for your long comment on Birds of Prayer part 1. I left you a long comment back.
Hello Ann! I'm glad you enjoyed "Out of no way, way". Thank you for your awesome comment.
Thank you Ann!
Ann, I loved the comment you left on my wall about Pig Girl. Where did I get my chops? It's a long convoluted story. I'll try to make it short.
Ann, have you checked out Theresa Williams's The Letter Project (website)? On a different wavelength than your "B'go," but I love the way she explores the way we communicate and evolve different ideas about ourselves through letter writing.
Ann, thanks for the comment on and fave of "I Can Take Satan." Showdown is right--I was thinking Westerns when I wrote the poem!
Thanks, Ann, for your praise of 'Hints of the Blitz.' I can't get over what we do to each other...
Ann, your kind words about "Witness" are much appreciated.
Thank you for the fav on Pussy T. Much appreciated. I got so happy to get another fav that I deleted the story by mistake! Ha.
"Keep coming, Lucinda."
Thanks for faving "Under Commiseration," Ann!
Thanks for faving "Picking the Bark Off Experience," Ann. Love your comment.
Ann, thanks for the mighty kind words on my story, Proper Grammar, glad you enjoyed it!
Thank you for the fav on "History", Ann. It was much appreciated!
Thank you for your wonderful words about The Lake. So appreciated. Haven't been on FN at all of late, so it was lovely to post such a long piece and receive your wonderful response!
Ann, thanks so much for reading "Dummies Guide" and commenting. I feel very much the same. Looking forward to reading more of your pieces and to future conversations.
Thanks, Ann, for your * for three more of my war micros. And your somewhat surprising characterization of the topic. It's never been hard for me to write about, having been consumed with America's many wars for a long while now--doing oral histories, co-writing a memoir, and and and.... Someday, though, I will surely stop. Thanks again for reading and commenting on these.
Thanks for thoughtfully and kindly commenting on "My Mother Is My Sister" memoir, Ann -- and I certainly appreciate the fave!
I love it here! Thanks for inviting me, Ann!
Thanks for faving "Stevie's Knees," Ann. Always appreciate and enjoy your comments!
Fascinating interview with you this week. I've incorporated some of the same kinds of devices and references to the I Ching in much of my visual art over the years so I found it very interesting to hear (read about) you exploring those ideas within the context of your writing practice. I am really looking forward to reading your piece.
Love your use of "sidesaddle" to describe "Rattlesnake Pancakes." Great! Thanks for the comment and the fave, Ann.
Thanks so much for your kind words for "Feeling Marlene", Ann.
Very very best,
Thanks for faving "Babble," Ann. You probably read it in fwriction : review. Childhood and literature--they somehow go together!
Thanks so much for commenting on IGGY, Ann -- it's a sunny though not-quite-spring day here in NYC and I'm doimg my best to ignore the Superbowl!
I don't remember if I already asked you this. I saw the reference to Binghamton in your profile. Did you study or teach at the university there? I'm not all that far way from Binghamton - Finger lakes - NY State.
Hi Ann! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on "Into the Heart of the Night." I'll try not to make a pun about this brief sketch of a sketchy guy in briefs being even briefer - whoops- too late! Great points to consider and to which I will be giving serious consideration. This all just came out, unplanned and spontaneously in one fluid piece (which almost never happens)like a bolt from the blue literally in the midst of reading one of Meg's stories (totally unrelated and completely dissimilar - but opened up some kind of channel) I decided somewhat impulsively to post it here in hopes of some feedback, which you have so thoughtfully provided and I sincerely thank you for that!
thank you for what you said about "The Difference" and for who you are in this community, Ann!
Fave. Your comment on Shotgun.
Thank you so much for commenting upon "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/fantomas/happy-feet">Happy Feet</a>"—gives me happy feet!
Thank you for appreciating and commenting on "I type her name into Google." I look forward to reading your work!
Brilliant comment on "Need." Thanks so much, Ann!
thank you, ann, much appreciated as everything that you did and do for carol. all the relevant symbols, the stones the music, were there without my reflecting upon their relevance, but in hindsight i knew of this relevance to carol's life. cheers from berlin to you and all her friends over there.
Hi, Ann. Thanks for commenting on "Magritte." Happy holidays!
Thank you so much for the nice words on my story "Vanya."
i like them funky, ja. (like your new profile picture!) thank you, ann!
thank you for your comment and fave on my story Ann. And i just changed the name to "Trussed" - had no idea there was another "Fox" piece up! xoxo-meg
Thank you for reading my piece, Soliloquy on Ma, and for your comments.
Yippee! I was hoping you would comment, Ann. How are things back in the Land of Sky Blue Water? Kinda nippy, I suppose.
i am seriously flattered, ann (not just a saying—have a "flattr" button <a href="http://marcusspeh.com">on my blog</a>: a very meaningful way to "fave"), and an opportunity to go back to those wolas pieces. cheers!
Ann, thanks for reading my story, "Baby, Baby..." the great comments and the fav!
Thanks for faving "Fish Boil," Ann.
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Before the Door," Ann. Interesting story about the locked gate.
Thanks for the invite Ann.
Hello, Ann. Thanks so much for the nice commentary and fav on "Innocence"
I'm glad you liked the Stafford passage, Ann. His threads run all through me.
I've used celebrities' names in stories, too, but now I would avoid it because it's like using canned sausage. It's a ready made image and persona. In your story, Sarandon is fictionally herself, and I like it.
Ann, I'm just curious, but what is it about having the names of celebrities that irritates you? Appreciate your comment on my story, also. Thanks.
Ann, thank you for your insightful remark about my story Or Do You Love It - you are so right, and that was something I wasn't conscious of when I wrote the piece, but it popped out. It is always there for a lot of us, that defense of a person's physical dignity... and it is interesting, just what that word "heavy" implies in this context. Thank you very much Ann.
Ann, thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on "The Shoes, the Girl and the Waves that Washed them Away". Very much appreciated. Hope you're doing well. Chris
Thanks for reading "Satan and the Moon." I always love your take on my writing, Ann. Thanks for the fave!
thanks for your comment on my piece from Gargoyle, Ann. I wrote it after hearing Amie Bender read from her new novel and it was all about smelling and tasting emotion in things... so was inspired to play with that idea
Hi Ann: Thanks for liking my rejected (sob!) Nailpolish piece and especially for the link to Ted Hughes' poem.
thank you so much Ann!
Hi Ann, glad you enjoyed "Our Time as Men"! Thanks for the comment.
Thanks for faving "The Sum Above." I liked your comment also.
Ann- you surely made my day with your incredibly warm comment fave for "Throwing Back". Thank you a million times, that one is going to cheer me for a long while. xoxo
Thanks, Ann, for your astute comments on "Bodgan" and for the fave. Much appreciated!
Ann: Thank you for reading "Release." Approbation from you is praise indeed.
Thank you for what you said about I Hate.
Thanks, Ann, for reading and faving "Black Ice."
"beautiful, yet meaningless exemplar."--love this comment. Just like black ice--you can't see it and then you hit it and swerve off the road. My poems start to make much more sense to me after a sensitive and intelligent reader like you responds to them. Thanks!
Glad you liked "Demolition Derby," Ann. Thanks for commenting and faving.
Read "Obedience School" on your blog. Cool poem. "accusers and behoovers alike"!
Thanks for your comments on "Getting Godless," Ann. I was, indeed, trying to stir it up. Touchy subject! Do you know Auden's definition of poetry: "the clear expression of mixed feelings." Not sure his definition fits this particular piece though. It's pretty dogmatic. Thanks for reading it.
So happy to have you as a reader, Ann. Your comments always open my eyes. Thanks for commenting on "8 New Ways of Looking at Waffles."
Ann - thanks for the * on Bleached. Appreciated.
Ann, thanks so much,. Appreciate you reading cigarillo and your nice comments!
Thanks for commenting on and faving"Semi Tiresias," Ann.
Hi Ann - Thanks so much for your kind words on "The Last Swim"!
Ann, I love getting your response to my stories as I'm such an admirer of yours. Thanks so much.
Thanks, Ann, for commenting on and liking "Bats in the Catacomb." Revelations, eh? Wow.
Ann, thank you, really means a lot to me. I hope that we can meet for coffee again when next you're in NYC?
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Addictions," Ann. Always fun to say uncompromising things.
Ann - thank you for your comments on "Mammaries"! Much appreciated!
Thought this ("The Truth Will Out") was fun, nothing more. Amazed people are faving it. Thanks for being one of those!
Ann, thanks for the star for "Big." Recognize the setting? Fergus Falls, Minn.
Thanks, Ann, for the astute comment on "Disappearing Ink." Thanks also for the fave!
I shall be checking out J.D.Smith!Thank you for the kind comments you made about my poem, "The Envelope and the Stamp." I do so appreciate your valuable time.And I'm very glad you found something worthy in it to like.
Hi Ann. Thanks for your comment on Picking up Physicists. (I did not realize I was supposed to reply on your page. I did not mean to be rude. :)
Ann thanks for you good words on my story Shoes, so glad you liked!
And good luck putting your collections together!
AB - thank you so much for your wonderful comment on Sisters At The Lake, it made my day!
Thanks for faving the Translator poem, Ann. Your judgments mean a lot to me.
haha! you crack me up! I love white tuna sashimi! yes!
Thanks for the fav on ????, Ann!
Ann, Thank you so much for your kind comments on "1999, what I wanted." Greatly appreciated!
Ann, thank you for your comments and fave on "Dear What I Wanted"!
Thanks so much for your comments on 70,000 BC. I take them as a HUGE compliment!
Hi, Ann. Thanks for reading '1965, what I wanted.' I greatly appreciate your comment, suggestion, and *.
Thank you, Ann, for the fave and the comments on "Letters in the mode nor #43." Your comments always make me think.
thanks for the comment. by the way, you're very pretty.
Thanks so much, Ann, for the astute comment on and fave of "Staring at Waves."
Thank you, Ann. Any compliment from you is a compliment indeed!
Ann, Thanks so much for your comment on Descanso--esp the religion.
Ann - thank you so much for your kind words on "Tip" and forgiving use of the word "fart" which I may edit out. xoxo
At the recent AWP, author Claudia Rankine responded to a poem by Tony Hoagland called "The Change." Two documents at her website, AWP and Open Letter, pertain to their exchange and to her call for writers to write 1-5 pages about race:
Hoagland's poem can be found here:
Entries received by March 11, 2011, with "Open Letter" in the subject heading will be posted at her website the morning of March 15. The submission address is at the website. As it says in her instructions, please do not reference either Hoagland or Rankine in your writing but help construct a discussion around creative imagination and race.
Mary Gaitskill on Natsuo Kirino in Asymptote:
Also available in Japanese.
Hi Ann, thanks for your comments and praise of 10,000 Dollar Pyramid. I really appreciate it.
Hi, Ann. Thanks so much for your great comment on and fave of "Wahrheit und Dichtung." Was fascinated by your forums on faves and reviving ignored work. When I first put this piece up, I got one comment (yours) and one fave (yours). Interesting experiment, this "republishing."
Hi Ann - thanks for the generous comments on "Nothing Good..." :)!
Thanks for your thoughtful comments on "10,000 Dollar Pyramid," Ann. It means the world coming from you. I left you a response on the story page also. Just wanted to be certain that you know I value your insights.
Fifty titles (max) appear on the profile page. I have posted 55 titles to date. Stories hidden from the page are: "Exchange Rates for Zynga," "at 'night' any night is can't," "Turning Thirty," "Steady Keel," and "Curfew." To pull them up, google the title + Fictionaut.
Thanks for the fave of "George," Ann. Means a lot coming from you.
Thanks so much, Ann, for your comment and fave on Headstone.
Thanks for faving "Whiplash Marriage," Ann. Some day I'll tell you the non-fiction story of the origin of that poem.
Ann - I was at Washington Square Park last night admiring the Christmas tree and thought of you -- hope you are staying as snug as a bug in a rug this winter. As always, thank you for your kind words on my work. And for including it in Women Writers.
Thank you, Ann. I am so happy when you read my work.
Loved your comment on "Dad and the Red Light." Thanks so much, Ann!
Ann: Thank you for your very kind words about white church, thank you for your close read and your insightful observations. I feel encouraged to keep working on the piece. Very much appreciated, Ann! -- Q
My face brightens when I see a comment about my work (not to mention a fave!) from you, Ann. Thank you for commenting on and faving "I Am Not a Corpse." Love your gendered reading here.
re: the use of slut in poetry. See "sluttish time" in Shakespeare's Sonnet #55.
Ann, thanks so much for reading Unpacking Sentences and for being the first fav! I did not think of Lish at all, actually this started out as my playing around with a main character's voice in a full-length writing project, and this emerged... actually all that emerged from her and in her voice was far far darker than I had imagined! I have reading of your work to catch up on!
Thanks for the fave of and great comment on "Florid Psychosis," Ann.
GREAT photo! Thanks, Ann, for kind words for "Margaret & Beak." I feel lucky every time you read one of my stories.
High praise, Ann. Glad you liked "Pixie."
Ann: I am so glad you enjoyed "motorcyle for a dream..." Thank you for reading and commenting. I look forward to reading your work. -- Q
Thanks, Ann, for faving "Convictions." I love having you as a reader!
Ann, I really appreciate you reading and faving "Stampede." Thanks!
Ann, Thanks for your kind note on Tomorrowland. It's nice to be back on the 'naut.
hey Ann, yr story is up --so happy to have it :) http://wigleaf.com/
Great too meet you, too. Also, too much too quick. But still good.
Great to meet you, too, Ann!
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Knot Eye," Ann. I wanted to completely confound the "Not I" of Eastern religion. My poetry mantra: And Now for Something Completely Different!
Thanks, Ann, you really made my day!
Thanks, Ann, for your lovely comment about and fave of "Truman Compote." Thanks for finding it!
Ann, you are right, of course. Same disconnects, different echoes. Thanks for the fave for "Water, Water."
Thanks, Ann, for the lovely comment and star for "Looking for Samuel Beckett."
The radio show is called WordPlay. The direct link is http://www.ashevillefm.org/wordplay.
Tune in Sunday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. EDT when Jeff Davis interviews Ann Bogle and airs excerpts of her Oct. 5 Marshall, NC reading at www.ashevillefm.org.
Ann, thank you kindly for your fabulous comments on what was Redux - Things I Should Have Done #4 - since renamed Heartbreak Waiting To Happen. I am thrilled by what you have felt by that series. I actually tinkered a bit with the ending, but kept "answers aforethought"!
Ann, I had your story cued up in an open tab when you offered your gracious comments on the thing that needs a title. You're right, and I will give it one. Thank you, and I thoroughly enjoyed your (my) road-trip.
Hello Ann. I'm pleased you liked "Event Particle." Thanks much for the read & comment & asterisk.
Thanks Ann. If the story's 'the stuff' for you it's the right stuff.
Thanks, Ann, for your wonderful comment on "Son of Uncle Sam." Means a lot to me.
Ann, love your new photo, just beautiful. & thanks for fav and comment on my vagina girl story (centerpiece).
Thank you for your great comments on Sisters At The Lake and for the fav. As always, your comments are so insightful. I followed that thread about the reading... so perhaps we'll get to meet in October!
Thanks for reading & faving "Orgin" - I'm so glad you liked the story!
Thanks, Ann, for reading and commenting on "Black Squirrel Poem." Appreciate your comment about the ending.
White squirrel, eh? Sounds satanic!
Stories posted: 40, of which two are in two parts: “Hoss Men (divided)” and “Hoss Men (continued)” and “Hymen” and [“The Wedding”]—[“The Wedding”] because it can stand alone as a reply to a prompt and “Hoss Men” because it is too long to connect as one piece. Stories deposted: 3. As we know, there are publications that will not consider work that has appeared elsewhere. If it seems my pieces are beginning to disappear, that is the likely reason.
“Indeterminate prose” narrative seems a more accurate term for the third group than “essay.” It takes into account not only the distinction between fiction and nonfiction, sometimes blurred, but also characteristics of form. Perhaps Harold Jaffe coined the term, “indeterminate prose.” It appeals to me for its specific uses more than the general label “creative nonfiction.”
“Prose is not a genre but a multitude of genres.”
—Lyn Hejinian in The Languag
Hi Ann. Thanks for the feedback on "The Russian and the Room 10". It was much appreciated. I look forward to reading your work. I.
Thank you for commenting on and faving "Bone Density," Ann.
Today I'm feeling mathematical. Relating to arithmetic, defined as: "The mathematics of integers, rational numbers, real numbers, or complex numbers under addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division."
The story I'm writing will have 50 parts of 55 words each. It will be 2,750 words long including its title or eleven 250-word segments. With luck, it will pass as fifty stories within a story. With further luck, it will pass as eleven stories within a story, but I don't know how that will work out yet. It will belong to two of the math groups here at Fictionaut: The 55-word story and 52/250.
I just tallied up the number of stories I have fav'd: 249.
The number of fav's received: 252.
Thanks for the welcome Ann! I'm very excited to be here.
Ann, thanks so much for your generous comment and fav on my story Can't Wait. What wonderful words to wake up to this morning. Peace...
Thank you for the comment on 'Cider Bubbles.' That one was awfully fun to write.
Thanks, Ann, for faving "Self Alaska." Glad you liked it. Thanks for commenting.
Thanks, Ann. Nice to see a friendly brainy face.
Thanks for good reading of Prologue-or one I appreciate a lot.
Thank you, Ann, for your "Godot" comments.
Thanks for the generous comment and the fave on Midnight Riders, Ann. I usually go for the real, too, but once in awhile, something just comes over you...
Ann, thank you for your comments and the fav on In The Lake. I posted, had to leave, came back, and whoosh... I was wowed by the number of comments and favs in such a short time. Thanks about liking the ending. I understand Kathy Fish's idea, about leaving it ambiguous, but it was important to me that it be clear it was two sisters, and until the mother calls to her daughters, that is not patent. Also, the normalcy of being called for lunch... I have actually gone on with this story... Are you coming to NY?
Ann, Solzhenitsyn Jukebox is a treasure - thank you for putting this collection together for the rest of us.
Thank you for commenting, Ann.
Ann, since I'm a big fan of your work, a comment and fav from you really makes my day. Thanks so much for Summer in the City. (and LOVE your new photo- enchanté
Hey, Ann. Thanks for the nice words about "Sock me.." today.
re: "The Sky is Simply White." You're too kind. Thank you, Ann.
thanks for the comments A i owe you a beer
Hello Ann, thanks so much for your helpful comments on 'Tyler is learning...' I'm figuring out how to edit it to make the cultural references less distracting. Also thank you for the * It's a great relief, I was worried this one may sink into the murky depths!
Love your profile, I look forward to reading your pieces. In fact I've been trying to read Raisins all week but toddlers keep jumping on me.
Ann, are you back? Thank you so much for your comments on Lake Chelan! Can't wait to hear the rest about Montreal. Loved Raisins!
Thanks for liking "NEVER Drunk, ALWAYS Disorderly" -- I appreciate (and, laughed at) your comments.
Ann, thank you for reading and commenting on my ancient story.
Thanks, Ann, for the asterisk on "Magritte."
Thanks for commenting on "Life with Fish." I'm really pleased you liked it.
Congrats on the Fictionaut Fave selection by Bill Yarrow!
Hi Ann, so happy that you are on Fictionaut. I love your writing and it inspires me. Thanks for that.
There are SO MANY nail salons and such in NYC -- sometimes, at a distance, the street-level ones appear to me at first glance to be coffee shops, and then....
Many thanks for your reading of, and thoughts on,"Me You. Love."
Thank, Ann - for your words about Kumquat Soda. I was sort of stunned by the comparison to uh.. Flannery.. and I still can't think about that! You are such a generous reader!
Thank you for the read, Ann. It's tough not to see metaphors everywhere down here where terrible things keep happening. Sigh.
Ann, I'm glad you like my stories. I am in awe of yours. You have extraordinary talent.
Ann, thanks for your perceptive (as always) comments on "Perversion." To me, the librarian's plight was heart-breaking; maybe I had too little sympathy for the poor girl with the brutal boyfriend. As you say, both are sad. The hapless men are the intended targets of the satire; I hope that comes across.
Really Ann, are you like my most wonderful literary fairy? Forget the godmother appellation!
That I write like an old hand, girl. Loved that. I felt like a cowgirl for a few moments, and then realized what great praise you threw my way.
The beauty of not being able to properly sleep: you start working at 5 am, and by 11 am, you're wiped and it's time for a cocktail!
Leslie Scalapino is the most contemporary on my list of writers of influence, the one I turn to again and again to understand what's coming, what happens, what's next, among the most clairvoyant yet difficult writers in memory. Where will we turn now that we are to be without her? Leslie Scalapino RIP.
Following up on the forum thread I started about reading longer works, I am printing out Dumb Luck as I write this! Looking forward to the read.
Thank you, Ann. So glad it worked for you. Hope you're doing well, S
Thanks for the kind words for "Cousin" http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/225511-boys-who-do-the-bop-nine-new-yorker-stories-by-rick-rofihe?chapter=6 -- it was inspired by the death of a cousin of mine, who, after marrying the nephew of the Prime Minister of England at the time, and then adopting a young girl and then a young boy, died way too young, and cruelly. As for the name "Bim" in Elevator Neighbors", I had a cousin called "Bam" (two of his brothers were called "Sheeb" and "Humm") -- never heard the name elsewhere until a "Bam" became President.
Ann - thank you for your kind words about "proposal":) -meg
Thanks, Ann. Sounds intriguing. You'll find someone. I'm a fan of Minnesota ever since my son went to college in St. Paul. Beautiful state.
Interesting! My work is with real diaries. 5000+ published. Many historical societies publish them. Is the hook of this one her living to be over 100? The time period covered? Some aspect of her career? How's the writing itself? The best diaries, like Barbellion's and Bashkirtseff's, are by candid "nobodies" who wrote extremely well.
Appreciate the read and comment on "Axes." Everything you say is helpful.
Thanks for saying this ("The Deterioration of My Handwriting") is a story crafted as a poem. That's what I'm going for in a number of these. Flash poetry perhaps! Thanks for the read. I'm grateful.
Really interesting comment on "Wahrheit und Dichtung," Anne. Thank you!
Yes, you are exactly right--either stanza can be read as either (though, autobiographically, the second stanza is the invented one).
My father died from asbestosis, but maybe that's just a different kind of suffocation in a different kind of snow.
Verifiable is great term to use for wahrheit. The past may be actual, but memory is not verifiable!
Thanks, Ann, for your kind comments about "Greyhound" and your musing about the relationship between poetry and fiction. I agree that poetry that tells a kind of story and has the "shape of fiction" with a focus on character is not at all the same as narrative poetry. I would be interested in what you thinks of my other posted poems in this unnamed vein: "Wahrheit und Dichtung" (reverses Goethe's title--one stanza is Wahrheit [truth] and the other Dichtung [poetry], "Crossing the Center Line," and perhaps "Axes." [Sounds like I'm giving you "homework"! Don't mean it to be. I just appreciate your insight and critical eye.]
Thx for enjoying and commenting on my Sunday Cookout story!
Ann, thank you for your words on Atonement. The alligator says hello.
The Two Raymond Carvers by Giles Harvey in The New York Review of Books:
Hiya, Ann. Glad you liked my May 17 story. Should I claim the setting of the story is White Bear Lake or Moorhead?
Ann, thank you so much for your nice comment on the hairguy's dog piece. It means a lot!
Ann, thanks for the read (& listen) on Dirty Mother For Ya'. Just clearin' out the misogynist closet before tomorrow, and a lonesome wail as to how Father's Day is so secondary (also thanks for not sending out a hitma . . er, hitwoman)
Thanks so much for reading my story and for your thoughts and observations. I think you described it pretty well.
I didn't know about the penis challenge on the other thread...i'll take a look at it.
Ann, my pleasure. Your work is some of the smartest, most startling and charged stuff I've seen in a long, long time. I love how you consistently push boundaries and challenge the reader to think about narrative. It's exciting to be in your hands.
And thank you, for your kind note on To-Die-For. It's an old one and a long one, so I really appreciate the read.
Mike Geffner's weblog, Mike's Writing Workshop and Newsletter, at http://mikeswritingworkshop.blogspot.com, is a source of interviews with authors, archival audio and video tapes, and advice columns for writers.
"Tighten, Tighten, Tighten," "How It Makes Sense," "A Note on Modernism," "Go Home," and "Cut It Up" are columns I wrote last year:
Ann, Dusie was there and sends you hugs back. Great new photo, btw
Many thanks for your comments on "RE[a]D." Appreciate the close reading, and glad you liked it enough to "fave" it.
Again, thanks -- this time for your very generous response to "Scar".
Thanks very much for the kind words and keen observations on "chicagoo" -- if you like lists, try
and for nonfiction,
Thanks so much for you comment on the "poetic prose" of Pleiku Jacket.
Hi Ann, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on Bill Franklin. I look forward to reading your work, and I love your list of authors.
Thanks for your comment on Zom Prom Mom, Ann! I think you're right about its further/final form. I think I was hinting at a story that I didn't actually manage to tell.
it's very funny to think of borges in wisconsin. it sounds kind of like a movie wes anderson might make.
Fictionaut Faves 4/12/2010:
Thanks for reading 'Poetipedia' - now I have to go check out Bok & Harris, not sure they are in Poetipedia (have to maintain low standards)
I like this cool new picture!
p.s. that's awesome about borges! where was that?
thanks ann bogle! and i know what you mean-- i keep running over and opening it up to make sure it's still there!
Hi Ann, thanks for reading Eight States Away, and thanks for the comments, too. foster.
Thanks for the comments, Ann!
Ann - thanks for reading 'uptown/bowery', appreciate.
thanks for that mini story on the aftermath of "irish salad", which i enjoyed greatly, ann! like your presentation of those 3 gems at http://annbogle.blogspot.com/
Thanks for the invitation. Will read your stories to keep from bumping my head.
Ann, Thank you so much for the thoughtful, close read of my work. I'm so glad Girl worked for you.
thank you so much for the words about the parrot story and others, Ann. You are a great support.
Thanks for your comment on my story! Appreciate it.
Ann, Thanks for the comments and the star for "The Birds." It's always nice to get a thumbs up from you.
Re: that last line in "Quitting." She's just being sarcastic. As for the story's inspiration, my wife is a smoker; I was. Quitting was hell. I don't badger my wife, but I wish she would toss the cigs. I worry about her health.
You studied with Lorrie Moore? Jealous.
Ha! I say "Marcus Welby" for "might as well be" too! I'm pretty sure I got it from Beavis and Butt-head.
Kind of you to look at "Ethical Seduction," Ann. I chortled at the line you quoted: it stayed with me, too.
ann, your writing on your own wall brought me back here. i feel good about that. the camel question has long bothered me, too-do let me know if you find the answer. camels are such an underestimated species, but so useful. in the desert.
I made it out tonight. I scratched my car backing out of the garage in the ice. That's the kind of car it is. I drank three beers with pizza. Young man from Okoboji, Iowa, new to the Twin Cities, asked, "Is it legal to own a camel here?"
Is not this the true romantic feeling - not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.
-- Thomas Wolfe
So when you were a kid you thought the NYer didn't take your cartoon because you had a cut? Right. Exactly. We always think our work is rejected because the editors can see our wounds. And yes, again, horizontal line.
Thanks, Ann! You always provide interesting literary references. Makes me feel like I belong to a body of work, rather than just fizzing away at the edges.
Read 'This was called war at one time'. Can only say that it is rich, complex and multi-layered and some parts of it are simply stunning. I am flattered that my little piece reminded you of it. And yes, distant war is good, if war is to be there at all.
"Subject: Solzhenitsyn, etc.
What an awesome piece of work.
I'm not sure if I have ever told you, but I'm sure others have --- you have such a magnificent way with words.
I often tell people the story about you moving out of your apt. in Binghamton. We were about to have coffee at my place, but you said you had left some at home. I told you that was nice but since everything you owned was packed you had nothing to put it in to bring to my house. You told me you would carry it in a pail. Coffee in a pail. I have thought about that for going on 20 years. I'm not sure, in a competition, which one places first --- Coffee in a pail or Does euthanasia make a people sexy.
To me, those are words that will have me thinking forever. Thank you. That is what good writing is supposed to do, no!"
In the inbox today:
Etymology:French, from feuillet sheet of paper, from Old French foillet, diminutive of foille leaf -- more at FOIL
1 : a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader
2 : something (as an installment of a novel) printed in a feuilleton
3 a : a novel printed in installments b : a work of fiction catering to popular taste
4 : a short literary composition often having a familiar tone and reminiscent content
A short review of my writing at Fictionaut: http://slswrites.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/sentences-like-little-isles-of-meaning/
Thank you, reader!
Thanks, Ann! Yeah, he's terrific!
Ann, thank you for your comments on House Sitter and for noting those lines. Now off to check out oneword. Best to you in the new year!
A simple writing exercise website. The site provides a single word. As soon as you see the word on the screen, you have 60 seconds to write about it. http://oneword.com
Thanks once again, Ann, for your lovely comment on my novel Wild Dreams of Reality.
Thanka, Ann. That's a perceptive comment on my poem Laughter.
Ann, Thank you so much for your kind comments on My First Serial Killer. And for sharing that you've had a R. Benson sighting! Big sigh. Hope you had a lovely Xmas.
Ann, thank you for finding my story EGG and commenting on it!
thanks for the link to the ully dydo book review!
Thanks, Ann, for your gracious note on "Why They Kill Presidents." Hope you are well and so nice to see your name here (again).
thank you for your helpful eye, Ann!
Harper's January issue is not yet online. There is a delightful excerpt in it of an interview with Jorge Luis Borges (1985). I can only say: read it. (Happily, you will also find a short story by T.C. Boyle there.)
I happened to read at Facebook today that Howard Junker has decided to read only from the slush pile at Zyzzyva, to publish only authors new to the magazine, and no longer to solicit mss. Interesting news for west coast writers, news of a different sort.
Visiting Fictionaut for the 3rd time today since it went public. I admit to liking the tighter atmosphere of the site while in beta, but I think Fictionaut remains exciting through its changes. A friend recently remarked that stories posted here will be regarded as "published," and I said, "It's a good place to publish then." Good then best: prestigious.
Reading on deadline for the winter issue of Women Writers: a Zine. Send submissions to email@example.com.
On hiatus farming at Farmville on Facebook. Mine was a permaculture ranch, but I just penned the goats (built their pen), a sign of commerce. Waiting for their craggy hill.
Traveling Sept. 1-8.
Hi Ann, thanks so much for commenting on "Like Her" (and on my stories generally). I really appreciate your comment about the fictional world in those stories. That goes a long way. "Hurlophobia" remains one of the few stories I've written the past year (after not writing for years) that I feel "good" about. Thanks again...oh and I laughed reading your Perkins comment yesterday. Meant to comment on that but forgot. Best, David
(readings note, cont'd):
Of all the writers whose lore I have heard and whom I almost met, it is Barthelme and Gardner who have meant the most to me since I attended their schools. After reading Joyce Carol Oates' focus on them in her essay, I feel I almost met her as well.
When a friend was naming her second baby, she asked me. I suggested Joyce. I said to name a girl Joyce is like naming a baby Faulkner but what I said was Shakespeare. She ended up naming the baby Carrie.
Readings this a.m.
Read Joyce Carol Oates' essay on mentoring in Narrative. It is the best piece of writing I've read there since buying a backstage pass a month ago. Joyce Carol Oates is a writer who embarrasses me to think and whose short pieces I read. I'm embarrassed that I saw her book Them in my high school library and was afraid to check it out. I hope she is near the top of my list of things to do. I theorized once that whole careers could be based on Joyce Carol Oates studies. I flinch when I hear her lightly dismissed by writers who have published two novels and read perhaps one of hers. Now I feel sorry for her besides all that, because she writes that even her husband, who died last year, rarely read her fiction. She writes she didn't have a mentor and even now longs for one. She tells stories of her meetings with Donald Barthelme and John Gardner, Barthelme who hadn't read her and liked her husband more and Gardner who read her and lectured at her like Luther.
Thanks so much for your kind response to my story.
Thanks so much for your comments on Hurlophobia and faving 25 words or less. You studied with Lorrie Moore! She remains one of my favorites. Can read her all day. Thanks again, David
celerity is good
Thanks so much for your comments for and nod to my story "Training Exercise." I really appreciate it. Look forward to checking out your work, too. First three published stories by in The Quarterly! Impressive. Thanks again.
Wow, it's been fun reading all these nice comments from you, Ann. Thank you. I'll have to thank Gary for his Saturday afternoon poem. I'm so glad you like my fiction. Now, I'm looking forward to reading your stories.
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Ann--I just wanted to thank you for reading and commenting on my work. I listen to what you have to say and your thoughts and comments are very much appreciated.
James Tate is my very favorite poet in the world and Lorrie Moore can do no wrong!
Re: your comment, at first I as all wha-at? But then, upon some re-reading, I became un-Bogled. Now I'm like, thanks Ann. Full cheers to you.
Yeah, Robin's always right and I swim every day and someimes with real dolphins but they ignore me as they are eating, somewhat my situation with real poets. This is a good space. Your debut was just killer.
Robin Reagler said then, "When in doubt, swim." Sometimes swimming, sometimes flying with poets and poetry and poetics since 1996 online. This is the first dynamic internet space I've found for fiction writing. I'm eager for it. It's a privilege to be able to read the teacher at this age the same age as you were then.
This is a good place to be, Ann. Glad you found it.