Dorothea Lasky is the author of five books of poetry, including the forthcoming Milk (Wave Books, 2018), as well as ROME (W.W. Norton/Liveright, 2014). She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013) and several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, co-directs Columbia Artist/Teachers, and lives in New York City.
FAVORITE KIND OF EYEBROWS?
I like all kinds, but I say in general, in this area, the more hair the better.
WHAT JIMMY STEWART MOVIE WILL FINALLY SAVE THE UNIVERSE FROM EVERYTHING???
Maybe none of them?
ARE THERE FUN SHOES SOMEWHERE? WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE???
All shoes are fun! The most fun shoes are the ones with fake balloons everywhere or the ones made out of Muppets. Or really the most fun shoes are the ones you can walk the most places in.
Two fingers up.
SINGING IN THE RAIN IS A LIFESTYLE????
Not in my life.
NECK WARMERS ARE FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY??
No way, they should be banned, along with turtlenecks.
SHAVING TWELVE TIMES A DAY IS PROBABLY NORMAL, RIGHT????
Anything is normal if you say it is.
YOU JUST MET ELVIS, THE REAL ELVIS, AND HE IS NOW A TREE GROWING PROUDLY IN THE GREAT STATE OF DELAWARE. WHAT DO YOU WHISPER TO HIM KINDLY THROUGH AN OLD DUSTY HARMONICA???
I am sorry baby but Capricorns just aren’t my thing.
BUMBLE BEES ARE REALLY JUST TINY BUSINESS GUY CORPSES TRYING DESPERATELY TO FLY TO THE AFTERLIFE IN PEACE, RIGHT???
Yeah right, and you wish.
WHAT IS A WAY TO TOTALLY WIN AT SANDWICH MAKING?
More than 8 layers.
WAYS TO MAKE KNEECAPS MORE ENJOYABLE FOR ALL?
We don’t need to do anything they are very cute on their own.
HOORAY FOR SOMETHING. WHAT?
Hooray for each and every day.
ASK YOURSELF A QUESTION.
Why are you so tired?
TELL YOURSELF A STORY.
The sun rose and fell. The moon was out. I was still here.
IS THE MOON A BUDDY? OR AN EVIL NINJA FROM SASKATCHEWAN?
Ah, there he is again! He’s a buddy, for sure. A very sexy buddy.
RAIN MAKES VELCRO GROW?
Maybe in another dimension.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?
To not ask for death. To create.
questions by Kyle Flak
answers by Dorothea Lasky
hey, why not take a look at Rome by Dorothea Lasky right now????