Thursday, May 31, 2007

Quote for the day

Rat: I've never told anyone this before, but I'm a bit of a poet.

Mole: Well, I wouldn't worry about it. It's probably just a stage. I once had a shot on the trombone.

--from the dramatized version of The Wind in the Willows produced by the BBC. (One of many great things we heard as we drove this week.)

I imagine you can guess why I like this quote so much.


Mark B. said...

Hilarious. Being a poet is apparently like puberty or mono. It's unpleasant but something you eventually pass through and get over, huh?

Darlene said...

I've been thinking lately about the way people react when I tell them I'm a writer. A few will ask what I write (and often wince when I say poetry--but that may be my fault because I am only now getting over the bad habit of saying "only poetry"). Very few ask if they can read any. The most common reaction: they start telling me about their own writing. And I'm not saying that they are actively writing. I am saying that they tell me about the Thing they wrote Once. Or they simply send it to me. (I'm usually at a loss about what they want me to do with it.)

Does that happen to you, Mark? (Actually, as I recall, I think I did that to you. :) )

Mark B. said...

You're braver than I am, Darlene. I usually don't tell people I'm a writer at all.I tell them I'm a teacher and if they press me they eventually find out I got my degree in poetry. I've found that when people hear the word poetry, they scamper away quickly lest I say, "Would you like to hear some?!"

Rita Dove, the former U.S. poet laureate, told a funny story once about being on a subway and an older woman starting a conversation with her. The lady asked Rita what she did. Rita, who was shy about proclaiming herself a poet, said, "I write." The lady beamed and said, "Isn't that great? I do calligraphy too!"