In the meme time
sam of the ten thousand things tagged me with a meme. He wrote “As an adult, the following selections have influenced or impacted me the most...”
So I will follow!
As a child, this was the book that meant the most to me:
The Wind in the Willows.
As an adult:
Harmonium (in the Collected Poems), Wallace Stevens. I really can’t ever get past this book. I have three different Wallace Stevens Collected poems. One at the house and two at school. At home, it’s the Library of America edition, with the handy bookmark ribbon.
Past that, these are the ones that I read that changed everything, and that I’m still swamped by, years later:
Notes for Echo Lake, by Michael Palmer
Lawn of the Excluded Middle, by Rosmarie Waldrop
Selected Poems, John Ashbery
But if I would back up a bit, along with Stevens from the above list, which I first found in High School though “The Snow Man,” “The Emperor of Ice Cream,” etc., I would say these books were the start:
Collected Poems, e.e. cummings
Selected Poems, T.S. Eliot
And then, when I got to purchasing new-ish things:
Selected Poems, Robert Lowell (the first single-author collection I purchased!)
Country Music, Charles Wright (the second single-author collection I purchased!)
The Region of Unlikeness, Jorie Graham (the third, I think, and then I lost track)
No movies or TV shows have been very important to me. Maybe Scooby Doo. It’s mostly been painters from the 20th century. Some things I’ve seen in person, but what’s really been important are those inexpensive little art books that one finds on the bargain racks of Borders.
Music (this one’s easy):
After the Goldrush, by Neil Young
HWY 61 Revisited, by Bob Dylan
Those two really created it all for me. All else is belated. Beautiful and genius and all that, but it comes after these two, huge, things.
I should tag someone.
Steven D. Schroeder - Sturgeon's Law
LJS - The All-Purpose Magical Tent
Now, this week, on the bookshelf:
Installations, by Joe Bonomo
The Heaven-Sent Leaf, by Katy Lederer (page proofs)
Psalm, by Carol Ann Davis
Fate, by Dr. Dog
and hanging around still:
F-ing Smilers, by Aimee Mann
In Rainbows, by Radiohead