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[personal profile] wordweaverlynn asks: Please tell us about your favorite poet. Or, if you don't do poetry, your favorite songwriter.

Oh, heck, I'll do both.

My favorite poet is T.S. Eliot. I first read the Four Quartets as a freshman in college and loved them to bits. I also liked The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, but it's the Four Quartets I'll keep coming back to. I am also very fond of Dorothy Sayers' translation of Dante's Divine Comedy, but I'm sure I'm missing something in translation.

I have two favorite songwriters, Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne. Early Bruce albums (the Nebraska album and earlier ones) have some fabulous stories in their songs. I pretty much wore out the grooves in my college friend Judy's copy of Darkness on the Edge of Town, and then wore out my copy of The River. Jackson Browne is another songwriter I've had a long relationship with. I recently went through his albums from the 1980s and got swept back in time. I was listening to them at work last week, and one benefit of working a weird shift is that once most everyone on day shift has left, I can hang out in my lab in the back of the building and crank up some music if there's not a Sharks game on the redio. The dual beam microscope doesn't complain about my taste in tunes or gets annoyed if I growl when something bonehead happens during a hockey game.

Date: 2013-12-10 10:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wordweaverlynn
Great choices -- they're all favorites of mine, too.

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