I just had a stroke and I can't see for shit. Everyone looks like a Picasso painting, all the pieces overlapping, some missing. Otherwise, I write fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.
I write because I have to write. I started writing poetry when I was eight. I switched to fiction in graduate school after a tiff with the poets and also because I kept hearing it in my head. It's like literary schizophrenia.
I love Kesey, Vonnegut, Salinger.I admire Frederick Barthelme, William Wharton, Nabakov. I am inspired by Nick Flynn. Two of my favorite books are Donald Hall's "Without" and Marie Howe's "What the Living Do." I'm also a big fan of Bob Hicok.
I love the concept of meaning more than you say, and Tiff Holland certainly has that one covered. The writings are poignant and tight. I'm sometimes wincing, sometimes laughing, both with intimate familiarity. I look forward to reading more postings. Hint hint.
Tiff, my 14 yr old son Kieran has been reading Bone in a Tin Funnel...he really thinks it's great. He said the writer makes him feel like he has the disease too. He's been picking up my lit mags and books and chapbooks I have lying all around the house and he can be kind of critical (hates the stuff in The Denver Quarterly for instance, ha), but Tiff Holland's poetry he really digs. Kid's got good taste I think.
Tiffer, I was rereading some of your poems last night (from BONE IN A TIN FUNNEL)...you are so so SO good, my friend.
Thank you for comments on Prologue, Trish. I would say I'm sorry about your stroke, but you seem to be handling everything so well that I'm inspired by you.
Thanks, Tiff, for commenting on "Processes." Appreciate it!
thanks Robert! I do plan on posting more soon!
So glad you are on Fictionaut...your stories are exceptional. Hope you post more writing here, and thanks for the inspiration!
tiff -- yes, "Without" by Hall is beautiful...of course, both he and Kenyon were still strong presences in Ann Arbor while i was there. Kenyon's Let Evening Come...simple and wise and peaceful.
Great work in FRiGG! All three stories are wonderful, Tiff.
Wow, Tiff, I just now today (Jan. 29) saw your Dec. 29 comment to Oktoberfest at Dachau. Thanks...again! I always ridicule my ability to come up with titles so it was nice to see your comment about my titles. Thanks again, David
Thanks for your kind comment on "The Body of a Cow." I did write it all at once. But the memories/stories were separate in my head for a while waiting for a way to come out. Then I read Levi's book. He's a chemist and each chapter of this book is titled and focused around a different element of the periodical table. So it occurred to me-- if a chemist can do that, what can a vet do? And I had the format.
I love "Without" and "What the Living Do" too.
thanks for the comment on moratorium--and tell me about how you came to know kunstler?--gary