5 POETS, 5 QUESTIONS
In honor of Proust’s birthday, I asked poets to answer five questions of their choosing from the Proust Questionnaire, and then I answered five myself.
Christopher DeWeese, author of The Black Forest:
Your favorite qualities in a man: Modesty. Also: the ability to wear shorts.
Your favorite qualities in a woman: A memorable laugh.
What you appreciate most in your friends: That they don’t dance often, but when they dance, they are amazing dancers.
Your main fault: Lack of context.
Your favorite occupation: Anything that makes me not know or care what time it is.
Lily Ladewig, author of The Silhouettes:
My favorite color: Hot pink.
The flower that I like: Casablanca lilies.
My favorite heroines in fiction: Jane Eyre, Anne Shirley, Weetzie Bat.
My favorite food and drink: Spaghetti bolognese, sheet cake, kir royale.
How I wish to die: Ready.
The quality that I desire in a man: Emotional strength.
The quality that I desire in a woman: Emotional strength.
If not yourself, who would you be: Andy Warhol.
Your favorite poets: The fearless ones who don’t give a fuck.
What you appreciate the most in your friends: Passion, loyalty and ambition.
Allyson Paty, author of The Further Away:
Danniel Schoonebeek—that’s me.
The military event that I admire most: “He hit a dangerous stretch, and big shells started coming in, sending up geysers of debris and foul mud, and a terrible stink, what the soldiers called ‘mackabby,’ from the French macabre, deathlike.”