Hanging with friends beneath lightbulbs (& other details).

Kenneth Koch! Why didn’t anyone ever tell me to read him before?! He makes me laugh! Here’s the only poem of his I knew of before the other night when I got really into reading him. It’s his perfect joke on William Carlos Williams:

Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams

1
I chopped down the house that you had been saving to live in next summer.
I am sorry, but it was morning, and I had nothing to do
and its wooden beams were so inviting.

2
We laughed at the hollyhocks together
and then I sprayed them with lye.
Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing.

3
I gave away the money that you had been saving to live on for the
next ten years.
The man who asked for it was shabby
and the firm March wind on the porch was so juicy and cold.

4
Last evening we went dancing and I broke your leg.
Forgive me. I was clumsy and
I wanted you here in the wards, where I am the doctor!

4-2-13_BerskonJohn Ashberry, Frank O’Hara, Patsy Southgate, Bill Berkson, Kenneth Koch., 1964 (photo by Mario Schifano)

 

In other news, I should not be allowed to use eBay. eBay is not a conversation. It’s not, You want this item? Cool! What do you like about it? Wanna think about buying it? eBay is YOU BOUGHT IT.  (I may have just bought two purses by accident. I definitely bought one by accident.) Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing. 

In other other news, it’s a good thing I have two bathtubs, because one of them is filled with 15 peeping baby chicks. Photos to follow. Kate suggested we dress them up and take pictures of them and give them names and personalities. Yeah….probably gonna do that.

So spring is here because of little yellow chicks, and also because of this beautiful, good-smelling, blooming hyacinth that I was given for my birthday. Otherwise, spring is still hibernating.

 

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Favorites list: a somewhat epic & hopefully never-ending poem (mine).

FAVORITES LIST (an ever-accumulating poemlist)

Favorite color: periwinkle

 

Favorite book: “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck

 

Favorite thing I’ve ever written:

Things I Want To Do When I’m 13 

1. Get a boyfriend

2. Have a bat mitzvah”

(written at age ten) (one out of two ain’t bad)

 

Favorite overheard pick-up line: “Your eyes are the color of my Porsche.”

 

Favorite human: Misha

 

Favorite strip club name: Nudie Cuties

 

Favorite finger: pinky

 

Favorite cocktail: “The Hillcrest Gizz”

 

Favorite way someone has misheard my first name over the phone: Kayra

 

Favorite soda: ROOT BEER!

 

Favorite animal: baby animals

 

Favorite thing about being an adult: throwing legal house parties

 

Favorite part about 4th grade: being the tallest girl in my grade

 

Favorite Celine Dionne song: “Because You Loved Me”

 

Favorite term of endearment that I’ve been called: “my little delicatessen”

 

Favorite part about going to the dentist: free tiny toothpaste!

 

Favorite wax: beeswax

 

Favorite way to eat kale: with my friends!

 

Favorite metal: copper

 

Favorite organ: brain

 

Favorite flower: dahlia. no sweetpea. or paperwhites!

 

Favorite rapper: Cam’ron

 

Favorite punctuation mark: colon

 

Favorite geometric shape: cone

 

Favorite fake invention name: The Nipple Fondler 2000

 

Favorite club I’ve created this year: The Poets’ Trampoline Club

 

Favorite pun using way/whey: “Move bitch, get out the whey”

 

Favorite outdoor activity: singing

 

Favorite sister: Sarah Schoenberg Katz

 

Favorite college: Connecticut College

 

Favorite dog: N/A

 

Favorite name of a past dentist: B.J. Mistry (say it out loud) (this is not a joke)

 

Favorite food on the seder plate: charoset!

 

Favorite modern acronym: YOLO

 

Favorite mustard: honey

 

Favorite way to wear a headband: the west coast way

 

Favorite thing to do when lots of people are over at my house: make each of them wear one of my hats

 

Favorite item available at a haberdashery: cufflinks

 

Favorite point at which to eat a banana: when it has a smattering of freckles

 

Favorite laugh: Scott Ballum’s

 

Favorite food that I never used to eat because I loved pigs and was a vegetarian but now eat all the time because pigs taste good and I am a flexitarian farmer: BACON

 

Favorite Woody Allen movie: “Midnight in Paris”

 

Favorite heat source: body heat

 

Favorite adjective: “deluxe”

 

Favorite name of a stop on the Croton-Harmon train line: Spuyten Duyvil

 

Favorite gay Pisces New York School poet: Frank O’Hara

 

Favorite gay Scorpio New York School poet: James Schuyler

 

Favorite bagel: everything with scallion cream cheese, please

 

Favorite basil variety name: Spicy Bush

 

Favorite city: NYC

 

Favorite name of a motel off I-95: The Honeyspot

 

Favorite remedy for when my hair gets greasy: stay home

 

Favorite yoga position: bird of paradise

 

Favorite food that Misha is making right now as I write this: hummus

 

Favorite way to end a poem: with an image that will sear into your mind forever

 

Favorite part about NPR: when they play short music clips in between shows

 

Favorite thing that’s about to happen: baby chicks and ducklings are going to arrive at my doorstep

 

 

The end. For now. The favorites are always accumulating.