Illustrated Poetry was recently nominated for two different awards – and so I thought I would combine my thanks, appreciation, and reply into one mega-award post!
First and foremost, I want to sincerely thank the bloggers who nominated me:
Thank you thank you!
I have never formulated an official policy on blog awards and I’ve decided to approach them like I approach illustrating poetry – be very organic and go where my heart and artistic whim leads me. After doing a little research on the two awards (The Versatile Blogger Award even has its own blog) and observing how the awards change and grow, I feel pretty good about doing a mash-up of the two, with a little sprinkling of the No Strings Attached Award: an award sundae, if you will.
4 questions answered (for the Sisterhood Award) and 4 facts about myself (for the Versatile Blogger Award):
1. Favorite Lines of Poetry:
“We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”
– T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
“Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray
from the straight road and woke to find myself
alone in a dark wood. How shall I say
what wood that was!”
– Canto I, opening lines, The Divine Comedy, Dante Aligheri
2. My earliest memory:
When my parents brought my newborn sister home from the hospital. They sat me on my grandmother’s sofa and sitting on either side of me, set her in my lap to hold. I would have been almost 3 1/2 – the decades have gone by, but it is still one of my favorite memories as well.
3. Mustard or Ketchup?
This is so contextual – ketchup on fries, but mustard on sandwiches – I really can’t choose.
4. If you had to choose a past decade to live in, which would it be:
The 1920s – the fashion! the art! the style! pretty good hygiene! almost modern medicine! (the last two reasons was the microbiologist in me speaking)
5. Fun Fact 1: I continue the proud tradition of research scientists everywhere in that there is not enough coffee in the whole world for me. But I am definitely the only scientist on my hallway that drinks their coffee out of a “Read Banned Books” mug from the Mark Twain house in Hartford, Conn.
6. Fun Fact 2: I don’t own a television – and this is incredibly frustrating to the Comcast salesman who patrols our neighborhood and all cable company customer service phone reps (I call for internet issues and I get “Yes, ma’am, I see that you don’t currently have cable with us…” Nope, I don’t!).
7. Fun Fact 3: I did not see snow fall from the sky until I was in my early twenties. That’s one thing that growing up in Southern California will do for you!
8. Fun Fact 4: I love tiny houses! The tiny house movement is basically about reconsidering the spaces we inhabit in terms of size and utilization. My admiration for these small houses is both practical (the bigger the house, the more you have to clean!) and artistic (the innovation of some of these projects is amazing). There are so many blogs (especially of nothing but tiny house pics on Tumblr – like this one) – but for a written intro to the tiny house movement, you can look here. Sadly, I do not live in a tiny house – a tiny rented apartment, yes – but not the custom tiny house of my dreams.
No Strings Attached – Nominees
In addition to my amazing and talented collaborators over the past year, whose blogs maintain a standing order of “check these out” (can always find them in the side bar links list), I wanted to ping a few bloggers whose work I’ve consistently enjoyed and admire. They are welcome to take up either the No Strings Attached Award or Versatile Blogger Award baton, but my main goal is to spread the word about their work and express my appreciation for their blogs:
1) A-wing and A-way: This blog has consistently informative and well written articles on all topics bird related. Not birdwatching, per se, but the history of our cultural associations and mythology about birds. I learn something new every time I visit. Each article also features beautiful original bird artwork by the author’s wife.
2) Graceful Press Poetry: Ms. Knoblock’s poetry is always good, but what strikes me about her work is how many classical literature and mythological allusions she weaves into her poems. I aspire to one day do as well with the vast English Literature canon!
3) John Sapiro: John Sapiro and I have been following each other’s blogs pretty much since the beginning of both. Mr. Sapiro is fearless in his mash-ups of art, literature, history, music, and poetry. He animates quite a few of his posts, which I admire (the two gifs I have made for Illustrated Poetry took me untold hours to create, so I really do appreciate the work it takes).
4) A House to Live: I love the simple beauty of this blog. Ms. Mtz draws houses and sometimes imagines their interiors. She also features quotes about house and home. Just lovely. Her blog touches on my love of tiny houses (see fun fact 4).