Eight Little Things...
1. I was an altar boy when I was young and thought very seriously about becoming a priest. Then I discovered girls. I am now in favor of priests being allowed to marry. And I am in favor of women being allowed to become priests. The Pope, of course, favors neither of these ideas.
2. I might recognize my brothers and sisters if I walked past them in a crowded airport. I probably would not recognize their spouses and I certainly would not know my nieces and nephews. I have never met them.
3. I cannot console myself by saying, "Well, I write better poems than anyone else in my law school class." Lawrence Joseph was in my law school class. But I secretly think it has become (at least) a push.
4. I have probably cleaned more fish--thousands of pounds of fish!--than any moderately well-published poet in America. In the Lower 48, anyway.
5. I was raised in the restaurant business. The only valuable lesson I took from that experience was that I know what work is. I wish that my family--my brothers and sisters and myself--had paid a lesser price to learn this lesson. I also learned how to cook, of course. I am a good cook, and making a nice meal is my response to any emotional crisis.
6. I am a very loyal friend. But when I'm done--when I've been shunned, mis-lead, or lit-up often enough––I am done. There are people I simply will not talk to anymore--as in, pass silently in the grocery store--others I now keep at arm's-length. Yes, it is a character defect. No, I don't think that I am likely to change.
7. I am 1/8 Native American. My mother (who prides herself on being Irish) is 1/4 N.A., but will not admit this.
8. I am quite shy, and in the poetry world that is often taken for arrogance or for being...well, not too bright. I am arrogant enough to be annoyed when certain people draw the second conclusion. I am smart enough to know that what certain people think doesn't matter much.