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Right now, I'm reading:
Poetry. Francis Ponge, Goethe, Novalis, Marianne Moore, Rilke . . . I'm currently focused on "seeing" poems and prose poetry.

My favorite story of all time is:
"Der Eisen Hans" - The Grimm Brothers

In bed I like to read:
The ceiling, the walls, the pillow case, those eyes.

Besides SMITH, I read stories at:
home. My library is my best friend.

If you were to throw up your hands in exasperation and yell "it's the story of my life," what would you be talking about?
"It's easier to stay out than get out."

What six words would I tell my teen self if I could go back in time?
Just hang in there. And—Relax.

The song that encapsulates the soundtrack of my life is?
"The Everthere" - Elbow

If I could have one person read my writing on SMITH it would be?
You. I'd pick you.

J.Patrick’s Latest Memoir of 21

“Want Hong Kong Phooey's File Cabinet.”

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