Poetry Favorites: Camerone Thorson

Who is your favorite living poet?

Mary Oliver/Annie Finch – it’s a toss.

Who is your favorite dead poet?

Shakespeare/Vassar Miller and Michelangelo (yes, THAT Michelangelo) are a close second and third.

What is your favorite poem of all time?

“Apple” – Brad Leithauser (From Toad to a Nightingale, light verse by Brad Leithauser, Drawings by Mark Leithauser (2007)

Fruit of the tree of knowledge?

Boil it down

With sugar and a pinch of cinnamon –

You’re left with an old-fashioned synonym

For nonsense: Applesauce. That’s all. For this we lost

Our digs in Paradise, yielded the crown

Of Heaven to dig a cold and moldy grave?

Bright Eve learned nothing – save

That education isn’t worth the cost.

Current book of poetry you can’t get out of your mind?

The new novel by Jill Essbaum Hausfrau which is classified as a novel but could be read as poetry (imo).

Best live, or audio, poetry reading you can remember.

Would have to be Jay Z in Vegas two years ago. Hands down.

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