Happy National Influences Day!!πŸŽ‰

It’s National Influences Day!

(And yes I just made that up. Who invented National Funny Socks Day? πŸ€”πŸ˜¬ Exactly!)

Here are some of my most influential influencers, not only from the literary realm but music and film as well.

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For their music but especially for Matt Berninger’s poetry that accompanies it.

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For her daring labyrinthine language and vulnerable storytelling.

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Who is me and I am him. He is the merging of poetry, novel, novella, memoir, and short story into one exceptional artistic language.

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Who teeters the cemetery wall between reality and imagination like a stoned kid on his way home from school.

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Who is so much of what I want to be with poetry’s symbols and real-life evocations.

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Cinematic poetry in which you can smell the places he takes us and feel the blood push through his character’s arms.

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Who reminds me that something must happen in one’s stories in such subtle and maddening ways that we both love and hate life equally.

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Daring, emotional, complex, and experiential as well as experimental. His music’s residue stays on you like lilacs.

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Honorable Mentions:

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Charles Bukowski

James Joyce

Richard Wright

Toni Morrison

George Eliot

Shakespeare

Ezio Bosso

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