I am from Hot Wheels, from literary action figures (like Dickens and Poe and Austen), and Star Trek–always Star Trek, everything Star Trek.
I am from Hires Root Beer and Bubble Up: special treats from my Auntie and my Na—always ice cold and tickling our noses on hot summer days in the garden or by the pool.
I am from Looney Tunes and I Love Lucy
and the World Series.
I am from the Mary Tyler Moore show and M*A*S*H (the novel), from Winston cigarettes, from “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing,” and from “How do you spell relief?”
I am from the LA Times
and the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Idaho Statesman I read for years with a dear friend–sharing the paper each morning over coffee.
From family values and the exact opposite of that.
I’m from the Mediterranean from boats, mountains,
rocks, and scallops.
I am from the Macaroni Grill, writing on table paper while eating shrimp with pasta, spinach, garlic butter, and pine nuts—and Brooke eating teriyaki salmon.
From the entire run of Farscape I watched in one month because a friend said I’d like it, and I did. Totally.
I am from metal and Frank Sinatra and “Higher Ground” and “Casey Jones” and “Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy?”
I am from LPs and 8-tracks and cassettes and CDs and digital music and blasting song after song while I write—two ways: loud and louder.
I am from open and good and wild and sugar and restraint and fear, from kind and hungry and art with black ink on white paper. I am from and for Open. I am open. Always open. Always looking at the view, always in the clouds even before the cloud was someplace we could store our information, our lives.
I am about three ways the game can go: you can win, you can lose, or it can rain.
I am from the hero’s journey and baseball and mythology and the travel, not the destination.
What surprised me through this experiment was how easy it was to decide which things to link and which things I didn’t care about so much, though I would still say they define me.
For instance, I really liked Hires Root Beer much more than Bubble Up, so that was an easy decision. When it came to my literary taste and action figures–I’m teaching a class on Charles Dickens right now, so he was the first for me of the three named above.
I also found that I was partly defining myself in how I “named” each link, too. One example is the link with “Mediterranean” and the web site for tourism in Greece. I have always wanted to go to Greece, and when I think of the Mediterranean Sea and all the many bordering countries, I think of Greece, so I created that link and said why. I never thought of doing that before… I sort of took an additional step in making that line of the poem self-reflective, and perhaps, giving a reader some intriguing and/or deeper insight into what’s important to me.