Q:Hi Leigh! I'm a 20-year old who was delighted to find out about your book, as I've been experiencing solid doses of hopelessness in the year after college. I also love your poetry. I was wondering, what did you do in the years in between dropping out of high school and writing this book? And what did you do in the years between writing this book and getting it published?
After I dropped out of high school I took a Holocaust Literature class at community college, I taught singing and acting to children, I applied for acting conservatory in NY, I moved to NY, I worked coat check at a nightclub, I read every Margaret Atwood novel, I started writing short stories and posting them to my Livejournal, I made friends on the Internet, I moved back home and started hostessing at restaurants, I got a boyfriend, we moved to New Mexico so I could write a novel, I was a waitress, then we broke up and I worked at a sump pump company call center, then I got a job as an assistant in NY through one of my Livejournal friends, and I moved back to NY.
My poem, “The Dream of a Common Language” is poem-of-the-day at the Academy of American Poets!
I’m tired of the line that someone drew down the middle of me. He split me into halves and said, Stay symmetrical or else. Or else what? I asked. No answer, and yet I obeyed that command my whole life.
It Happened to Me
Let me be clear: We weren’t sleeping together. I mean, we were sleeping together, but we weren’t having sex.
I wrote an essay for xoJane called I Fell in Love with an Asexual
Q:soooo at the end of Diagram you wrote, "If you are heartbroken the best thing to do is write poems and email them to the person who broke your heart because maybe he will break up with his new girlfriend and move across the country with you, which is what actually happened with these." Do you stand by that? It is tempting to follow your advice....
I answered this question in a previous post:
Picasso on Matisse and how creativity works:
Matisse does a drawing, then he recopies it. He recopies it five times, ten times, each time with cleaner lines. He is persuaded that the last one, the most spare, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and yet, usually it’s the first. When it comes to drawing, nothing is better than the first sketch.
Above, MoMA curators used X-ray technology to reveal the many iterations behind Henri Matisse’s painting ‘Bathers by a River,’ on which the painter worked for eight years between 1909 and 1917.
I wonder if Matisse would be embarrassed if he saw this. I would be embarrassed if people of the future did this with my poems. HANDS OFF, FUTURE
Bachelorette Ep07: THE LAST ONE HERE FOR ANDI
We are here to make with you a lie detector test:
Do you think you’re a front-runner?
To be honest with you, we go to this masquerade hall
and there’s something so romantic about
knowing when I need more from somebody.
Who lied three times? I probably lied
about my sex life and that scares the living
hell out of me. Hey, Juliet, what do we got here?
Fifty percent of me thought it was fun.
I can’t help but just be confused.
Where’s Andi? Where’s Andi at?
Not with me. I’m here to figure this out
in the most authentic way I can.
I can’t wait to enjoy the company of
six guys and one girl, which is not
an ideal situation. You do you and
let him do him— I didn’t want to see
any results. I have my reasons.