In which we ask the same questions Teen magazine asked now-pregnant teen idol Jamie Lynn Spears; see original interview here.
Sparrow created quite a stir when, in 1995, he picketed The New Yorker magazine, holding a placard that read âMy poetry is as bad as yours.â His poetry has since appeared in that magazine, as well as The Quarterly, The New York Times and many anthologies. He also was featured in the PBS series âThe United States of Poetryâ and can be heard, along with his legendary band Foamola, on the poetry compilation Poemfone: New Word Order (Tomato). He writes the gossip column for the Phoenicia Times, a contributing editor to Chronogram, works as a substitute teacher, and is the author of America, A Prophecy: The Sparrow Reader, edited by Marcus Boon, as well as Yes, You ARE a Revolutionary! Plus Seven Other Books and Republican Like Me (all from Soft Skull Press), which outlines his unsuccessful run for the 1996 Republican nomination for president. Articles about him have appeared in Rolling Stone, Time and The London Times. We caught up with Sparrow, who lives with his wife and daughter in the Catskill Mountains hamlet of Phoenicia. And we're glad we did!
BAPB: You're in Jr. High, right?
S: No. I have a Masters degree, actually.
What are you most looking forward to?
Seeing a cement truck.
What kind of car do you want?
What kind of cars are there?
What's your favorite subject?
Economics. Especially marine economics.
Do you play any sports?
I am drawn to golf, but ultimately I don't quite lift the club.
Are kids in school treating you differently because of Nickelodeon exposure?
You have a new puppy named Ali, right? How is she?
How old is she now?
She's about four weekends old.
She's a mix, right?
What are your feelings about Ali?
She's young, she's lost, she's almost diseased. I see her as a template for an army of out-of-work radicals.
Where did you find her?
She was sleeping in a drainpipe near Victoria Station.
Do you dress her up?
Do you try to coordinate it with what you're wearing?
I try to intuit what her Unconscious desires.