Too True

The 4 truths and one lie about myself, with the lie revealed:

  1. My tenth grade teacher called me the Emily Dickinson of our class. When I showed him my next poem, he took a friend aside to inquire about my mental health. I laughed. “Poetic license, dude!”  **TRUE. My first lesson that readers often confuse the speaker of the poem with the poet herself, that poetry occupies a middle ground between fiction & nonfiction that the average reader finds challenging to navigate.
  2. While working during the Thanksgiving weekend as the manager of a mall store in my early 20′s, I gave directions to one of my favorite soap opera stars. I didn’t act weirdly or ask for his autograph, just smiled big so he’d know I knew, see how cool I am?  **TRUE. My introduction to soap operas was my grandmother, who lived with us the last couple years of her life. The soap she never missed, which became the soap I never missed (until I moved away & stopped watching soaps) was “Another World,” and my favorite character was Cass Winthrop, a smart-ass lawyer played by Stephen Schnetzer. He apparently had family in the area that he was visiting for the holiday weekend, and they came to the mall. I can’t remember where I gave him directions to, but indeed I smiled a mile wide. I’m smiling now. I love that guy.
  3. I have a heart-shaped uterus. Is that TMI? **TRUE, due to a small septum.
  4. My twin brother was born 4 minutes before me. My mother didn’t know she was having twins until after he was born. “Whoops! Guess what…!”  **FALSE. I have a twin, and my mother didn’t know she was having twins until the first one was born, but the first twin born was ME.
  5. I haven’t written a new poem since December.  **TRUE, sadly enough. Between trips to my mum, AWP, and illness, nary a poem has been written. I’ll amend that soon. I hope.

There you have it. So the winner is Donna! And the runner-up, for her kind, if  misplaced, benefit of the doubt, is Victoria. Both of youse email me your snail mail addresses ( mgauthier DOT hunger AT gmail DOT com ) and I’ll send you something wonderful next week.

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3 thoughts on “Too True

  1. Oh. My. Gosh. I loved Another World too — my favorite soap opera was Santa Barbara, but Another World came a close second. My favorite was John Hudson — but I didn’t like what they did with his character. Actually, the whole Hudson family was a bit wild!

    Cass, however, was my mother’s favorite. It’s cool that you met him.

    BTW — believe it or not, it was my father who was a fan of soap operas. He worked night shift and could hang out and watch soaps during the day!

    Thanks for the happy memories. I’m smiling too!

  2. Karen! “Santa Barbara” was awesome! Mason & Julia, oh the clever banter! I miss them.

    My dad was on disability for a year after he hurt his back — he was a truck driver — and he watched a TON of soaps. I’d forgotten about that, thanks.

    Oh Sandy, the stories I could tell about that twin. 😉

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