These are the things that influence how I think and work. The giants whose shoulders I clamber onto. The melodies I don't want to stop humming. This list is far from exhaustive, but tries to identify some of my influences in my poetry, storytelling, and thought. Most authors are represented only once, although most, especially the poets, could be represented multiple times.
No one uses language as beautifully as Hopkins. His images well inside of oyou - beautiful but hard to reconcile with each other until they crystalize around some truth he's planted at the end of the poem.
I speak of promised lands / Soil as soft as momma's hands / Running water, standing still / Endless fields of daffodils and chamomile ... I speak to God in public, I speak to God in public / He keep my rhymes in couplets
There's so much more to life than we've been told / It's full of beauty that will unfold / And shine like you struck gold my wayward son / That deadweight burden weighs a ton / Go down into the river and let it run / And wash away all the things you've done / Forgiveness alright.
Language and pure meaning interwoven as only T.S. Eliot can - incomprehensible in its clarity, as poignant when you don't understand it as when you think you do.
A picture book dedicated to artistry. The story of Saint George's legendary battle against a dragon is told in parallel with the story of a ship sailing out to sea in side panels. There's a reason this story won the Caldecott Medal.
A vibrant look at the frontier of space. Darker than other Star Trek series, but also full of life, complex heroes, and likable rogues. The first vision of the future that truly captured my imagination.
"When the dark comes rising, six shall turn it back, three from the circle, three from the track..." A world that unfurled legend and wonder as it was read aloud to me.
The first book to teach me that there can be more to great stories than fun plot. Prose that demands to be read aloud, a world that lives on beyond the page, and a vision of the good in the world that's worth fighting for.
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