Per my previous post, I shall now expound extemporaneously upon the following non-poetry-related subjects, having disqualified two suggestions for reasons explained in my reply to comments left on said post. Herewith:
Someone who is now a well-known poet placed a cat in my reluctant arms back in 1993 and said something like, "Here's your new cat." The poet moved far away and I neither saw nor heard from her again until something like last year. I'd always hated and despised cats, for they are severe and judgmental and yet never speak up. The cat (I never named her) though hoary-looking, as am I, still thrives - despite my raising her as if she were a dog, which speaks volumes, albeit not ones I should wish to compose myself. After 16 years of cat poop and several wilfully ill-timed antics (e.g., emerging gleefully from under my bed with a bra between her teeth during a warmish conversation with a woman to whom said garment did not belong), I believe I have reconciled myself at last to feline ways. Quite possibly the cat has come to accept my own. Despite my continuing reluctance to have things in my house that do not speak, there is a peace between us. And something rather redolent.
I grew up there. And then I left. Sensual and descriptive details can be found in my doomed Zoo Press book, Union (which Publishers Weekly called "the promising next stage in so-called Southern narrative poetry," a stage I abandoned instantly.) Anyhow, I almost played bass guitar in The Scruffs - but being a guitar player my pride prevented this from working out, and so I failed to become so much as a footnote in the history of Memphis music.
3) Best/favorite new (to you) novel you've read this or last year.
Is it May already? I'll confess that I have not read a novel yet this year. I did read this, however.
4) Best new (to you) piece of music you've heard this month/week.
Um... The Blossom Toes live album?
5) Bono's "Elvis" "poem."
Haven't read it. Never will.
3) Leonard Nimoy vs. Zachary Quinto
I haven't seen the new movie yet, and must assume that this Zachary person is the "new" Spock. All I can say is that Leonard Nimoy is the Leonard Cohen of sci-fi TV, and would be hard to beat - yet at the same time, I'm always up for what F.R. Leavis used to call "revaluation."
Well, I don't know about you, but I feel slightly refreshed. Thanx and a tip o' the hat to one and all.