Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Thursday Thirteen 192: Pisces Writers

In honor of this week's birthday, I give you thirteen famous Pisces writers—click on any link to learn about them. I have only read about half of them. You?

FEB 19: Amy Tan
FEB 19: Laurel K. Hamilton
FEB 21: Anaïs Nin
FEB 21: W.H. Auden
FEB 21: Chuck Palahniuk
FEB 28: Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket)
MAR 2: Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
MAR 6: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
MAR 8: Oliver Wendell Holmes
MAR 12: Jack Kerouac
MAR 12: Carl Hiaasen
MAR 16: Alice Hoffman
MAR 18: John Updike

LINKS TO OTHER THURSDAY THIRTEENS:(Please leave your link if this is your first visit!)
Maddy Barone * Bratty * Savannah Chase
Shelley Munro * Alice Audrey * Kimberly Menozzi
Xakara * CountryDew * Jennifer Leeland * Colleen
Darla M Sands * Mary Quast * Jeanne St James
Tatiana Caldwell * Paige Tyler * I Beati


Shelley Munro said...

Whenever I read Dr. Seuss' name, I start thinking about green eggs and ham.

Maddy Barone said...

I've read one of the Lemony Snickett books! And I enjoyed some of the early Anita Blake by Hamilton.

Bratty said...

Oh yes. W.H. Auden. I remember the poem:

Song of the Master and Boatswain

At Dirty Dick’s and Sloppy Joe’s
We drank our liquorstraight,
Some went upstairs with Margery,
And some , alas, with Kate;
And two by two like cat and mouse,
The homeless played at keeping house.

Ther Wealthy Meg, the Sailor’s Friend,
And Marion, cow-eyed,
Opened their arms to me, but I
Refused to step inside;
I was not looking for a cage
In which to mope in my old age.

T’he nightingale are sobbing in
The orchards of our mothers,
And hearts that we broke long ago
Have long been breaking others;
Tears are round, the sea is deep:
Roll them overboard and sleep.

And what sign was Yeats? Do we know?

This one is a favorite:

Those Images by William Butler Yeats

What if I bade you leave
The cavern of the mind?
There's better exercise
In the sunlight and wind.

I never bade you go
To Moscow or to Rome.
Renounce that drudgery,
Call the Muses home.

Seek those images
That constitute the wild,
The lion and the virgin,
The harlot and the child.

Find in middle air
An eagle on the wing,
Recognise the five
That make the Muses sing.

Heather said...

Shelley: Me too! One of my favorite childhood books, and The Lorax was a favorite movie.

Maddy: I haven't read any of the Lemony Snickett books, though I did see the movie and did not like it (but that may have more to do with Jim Carey than the actual movie), and I have read one story by LKH and did not like it at all.

Bratty: You dared to quote Yeats on my blog? Curse you, woman! I confess, the only Auden poem with which I am at all familiar is the one from Four Weddings and a Funera," Funeral Blues.

Kimberly Menozzi said...

Oh, I love Auden's work! Here's a new poem for you, so you can say you know *two* of Auden's best:


Fish in the unruffled lakes
Their swimming colours wear,
Swans in the winter air
A white perfection have,
And the great lion walks
Through the innocent grove;
Lion, fish and swan
Act, and are gone
Upon Time's toppling wave.

We, till shadowed days are done,
We must weep and sing
Duty's conscious wrong,
The Devil in the clock,
The goodness carefully worn
For atonement or for luck;
We must lose our loves,
On each beast and bird that moves
Turn an envious look.

Sighs for folly done and said
Twists our narrow days,
But I must bless,I must praise
That you, my swan, who have
All the gifts that to the swan
Impulsive Nature gave,
The majesty and pride,
Last night should add
Your voluntary love.

(My hubby dedicated that one to me...)

Xakara said...

Interesting way to put together an author list. I've read five, I'll have to catch up on the rest.

Happy TT,

13 Hooping Vids

CountryDew said...

I've only read about half of those, too.

And how interesting, my word verification is ARIES to match our Pisces!

Jennifer Leeland said...

Dr. Seuss's birthday is big around here and the school's have parties and such.
(I love W.H. Auden too)

colleen said...

That's quite an impressive list. I never would have guessed Dr. Seuss as Pisces.

Alice Audrey said...

When did you say your birthday is? I meant to get over here and ask yesterday but am a bit foggy headed lately.

Darla M Sands said...

What a fun list! Thanks for sharing. And the poetry sharing is fabulous!

Mary Quast said...

Sqee! It's my sign too! I'm excited to share it with these folks. Wow! Amy, Laurel, Daniel,
Dr. Seuss, EBB, OWH... whoot-whoot!

Heather said...

Kimberly: Thanks for sharing the poem!

Xakara: Thanks. I have actually seen reading challenges where the object is to read books by authors celebrating a birthday for each month. Now that can be kind of tricky.

Anita: LOL on the word ver. Don't you love it when things like that happen?

Heather said...

Jennifer: Seuss's birthday has become a huge national event. Every bookstore, library and school now seem to host readings on his birthday. Yay, Seuss!

Colleen: Well, he did write One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. *VBG*

Alice: Friday.

Heather said...

Darla: Thanks! Maybe we should have a real poetry share next month, April being National Poetry Month as it is. *g*

Mary: Yep, we are definitely in good company, and not just the writers, either. Einstein was also a Pisces. *g*

i beati said...

love March 6 Sandy

Tatiana Caldwell said...

Amy Tan - I enjoyed "The Joy Luck Club" (even if I can't remember the specifics very well).

Read lots of Dr. Seuss - reading it still, with my little ones.

Believe it or not, I have yet to read a LKH book.

Pearl said...

pisces, that's about the only arrangement that would put those people in one room, eh?

Alice Audrey said...

TODAY?!!! Gah, I've got nothing in the mail and not likely to get to the post office soon. *crawling off to hide in a hole somewhere*


Paige Tyler said...

Great list and cool idea for a TT!


My TT is at