H. L. Hix's Twenty Questions aroused a lot of interest among readers last year. These responses, from Katy Evans-Bush, came in a week or so after Hix finished his stint as our guest blogger. Bush is the author of Me and the Dead (Salt Publishing). She blogs over at Baroque in Hackney.Thanks for sending them, Katy.
1. What poet should be in Obama's cabinet, and in what role?
Stevens: he was uncompromising in his art; he could see the things that
aren't there; and he was "a hell of an underwriter." He'd get things
done. And he brought doughnuts to meetings. He could be the Secretary
of Ice Cream, a role he would be free to interpret for the national
2. If you could send Obama one poem or book of poems (not your own), what would it be and why?
Harmonium. For the reasons cited above: it's the next best thing.
3. What other poetry-related blog or website should I check out?
--Wandrers Nachtlied (1780)
Over the hills
Comes the quiet.
Across the treetops
No breeze blows.
Not a sound: even the small
Birds in the woods
Just wait: soon you
Will be quiet, too.
from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman
THE RULE OF THUMB
Ringfinger was nervous
when they learned
that Hand might succumb
to the rule of Thumb.