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Poetry Friday: "Do You Have Any Advice for Those of Us Just Starting Out?" by Ron Koertge

April 5th, 2019 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Bad Guy by Billie Eilish

Give up sitting dutifully at your desk. Leave
your house or apartment. Go out into the world.

It's all right to carry a notebook but a cheap
one is best, with pages the color of weak tea
and on the front a kitten or a space ship.

Avoid any enclosed space where more than
three people are wearing turtlenecks. Beware
any snow-covered chalet with deer tracks
across the muffled tennis courts.

Not surprisingly, libraries are a good place to write.
And the perfect place in a library is near an aisle
where a child a year or two old is playing as his
mother browses the ranks of the dead.

Often he will pull books from the bottom shelf.
The title, the author's name, the brooding photo
on the flap mean nothing. Red book on black, gray
book on brown, he builds a tower. And the higher
it gets, the wider he grins.

You who asked for advice, listen: When the tower
falls, be like that child. Laugh so loud everybody
in the world frowns and says, "Shhhh."

Then start again.

- "Do You Have Any Advice for Those of Us Just Starting Out?" by Ron Koertge

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The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

April 5th, 2019 (03:51 pm)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Gravity by Sara Bareilles

Mallory O'Meara always loved the monster design in the movie Creature from the Black Lagoon. When she was a teenager, she was thrilled to learn it was designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick - then devastated to find out that someone else took credit for it, and that Milicent's career seemingly ended after that. As an adult, Mallory did deep research to find out why that claim was made, and what happened to Milicent both personally and professionally before, during, and afterwards.

The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick is a fantastic biography. It's also a wonderful testament to the impact one person can have on another, even without ever meeting them or working with them directly. Mallory's respect and admiration for Milicent is apparent, and I really like how she incorporated her research experience and reasoning into this. May we all be so fortunate to touch someone's life in such a way, and to have someone write us back into history and make sure we get the credit and respect we deserve. Kudos to both Mallory and Milicent!

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