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We have our first winner in the Write a Rhymed Poem About Your Disappointing Family Member Sweepstakes! Karen Bock contributed the following brilliant bit of doggerel: Dick, the Dick My pedophile brother, Rich made some little girls bitch when they grew older and wisdom made them bolder about clueless and blind mothers whose favoritism smothers little girls finding love or beauty in mirrors but that always engenders fears. Congratulations, Karen!! You'll receive a copy of my book, Everything Is Going To Be Great, in the mail. For those of you who are suddenly envious of Karen, it's not too late!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
I couldn't let this post at We Who Are About To Die go by without posting in response my own personal William F. Buckley clip, which might actually be close to my favorite moment in television history (or at least running a close second to Krystle and Alexis in the lily pond.) "Now listen you queer. Stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I'll sock you in the goddamn face and you'll stay plastered. Let the author of Myra Breckenridge go back to his pornography and stop making any illusions of Nazism." And we get Glenn Fucking Beck with his Blackboard... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
I don't know how many of you are aware of my Tumblr, There Oughta Be A German Word For That! My guess is probably relatively few. For the vast majority of you who are unaware, it's a blog where I attempt to invent complicated German compound words to describe impossible-to-describe modern conundrums. I've been on a bit of a hiatus because of the summer, because of the book release hoopla, but over the past few months I've brought the world concepts such as: Wunschvaterundmenschen--the sensation of wishing simultaneously that someone was your husband and your father; Kentnissvonstolzundschande--the pride felt in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
As I may or may not have made clear earlier, I was invited to guest blog for this estimable site in part to promote my newest book, Everything Is Going To Be Great, a memoir of the two mostly disastrous but nostalgically wonderful years I spent living in Europe after college. Most of this time was spent in Amsterdam, where I was also lucky enough to spend the winter holidays. Christmas in the Netherlands is very different than it is here. Christmas is a holiday to spend with your family, getting drunk and eating ham, a Thanksgiving-esque festival, whereas the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
First of all, I would like you all to know that I keep putting my name in the heading titles not because I am an unrepentant narcissist (or at least, not just because) but as per Stacey's instructions. Stacey, if I'm allowed to stop doing this, or somehow misunderstood--which is possible, even probable--please let me know. Bon. On y va. I'm egregiously late in posting today. I wish I had a good excuse, but there's only one I can muster: it's that today is a Monday. Some of you may know what that means. It means that apart from my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
Dear Best American Poets and the People who Love Them, Hello, friends! I'm Rachel Shukert, Taurus, animal lover, and author of Everything Is Going To Be Great. I'll be guest blogging for you all week, and I have to say, I'm very excited. The last time I was here we interviewed some of my favorite poets, wrote proto-Morrissey songs together, and made poems out of those random words that Facebook used to have you type out before they would let you send a message to anyone. Similarly fun things are in store for you during my next brief tenure. Unfortunately,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at The Best American Poetry