Three items that accompanied me this morning as I stumbled through coffee and then woke, grateful to the internet for making my morning so interesting, funny, and inspiring.
Band of Wild Petticoats blogger, Taiko Haessler takes a much needed break from studying for her upcoming Masters exam in Spanish Literature to share an "incredibly naughty, raucous poem written by a picaresque little priest from Medieval Spain. Juan Ruiz, the Archpriest of Hita, in El libro de buen amor (The Book of Good Love)." Hilarious.
The Guardian has an engaging article,The Sexist Meal, on the literary agenda of breakfast -- or more specifically what an author reveals in a character's breakfast. "When we do witness breakfast, it is usually because the author is trying to tell us something about the person eating it...Meticulous breakfast prep often signals violent tendencies, providing a bracing (or perhaps, for the breakfaster, soothing) contrast, an ultra-domesticity to balance out the brutality to come. And while I often write dinners, road trip lunches, and late night snacks, I see that I shall now have to give breakfast a bit more attention.
The Rumpus interviews poet and musician Joy Harjo about her new memoir, Crazy Brave, A Memoir. Harjo discusses the challenges she faced to be recognized as a Native American poet, her work in both music and poetry, and her writing process -- which should serve as an inspiration to anyone writing: "The “knowing” is a vast field of intelligence beyond mental clatter and any kind of dividing line. It can be seen as a being, and it is, many beings, and it is, a geometric flow, and it is—it is part of all of us, or, we are part of it. The intelligence is metaphor to the thousandth-plus power. It is small and it is large. Creative artists immerse themselves in this flow. You cannot force it. I believe you can feed it or turn your back on it; no matter—it is still dynamically at work." And do visit Poetry.org to read Deer Dancer -- one of her stunning poems.