May 22nd, 2007

turtle

Sexton, "Clothes"

Clothes

Put on a clean shirt
before you die, some Russian said.
Nothing with drool, please,
no egg spots, no blood,
no sweat, no sperm.
You want me clean, God,
so I'll try to comply.

The hat I was married in,
will it do?
White, broad, fake flowers in a tiny array.
It's old-fashioned, as stylish as a bedbug,
but is suits to die in something nostalgic.

And I'll take
my painting shirt
washed over and over of course
spotted with every yellow kitchen I've painted.
God, you don't mind if I bring all my kitchens?
They hold the family laughter and the soup.

For a bra
(need we mention it?),
the padded black one that my lover demeaned
when I took it off.
He said, 'Where'd it all go?'

And I'll take
the maternity skirt of my ninth month,
a window for the love-belly
that let each baby pop out like an apple,
the water breaking in the restaurant,
making a noisy house I'd like to die in.

For underpants I'll pick white cotton,
the briefs of my childhood,
for it was my mother's dictum
that nice girls wore only white cotton.
If my mother had lived to see it
she would have put a WANTED sign up in the post office
for the black, the red, the blue I've worn.
Still, it would be perfectly fine with me
to die like a nice girl
smelling of Clorox and Duz.
Being sixteen-in-the-pants
I would die full of questions.

--Anne Sexton
turtle

carryon luggage

I plan to travel with carryon luggage only this weekend, to avoid mishaps when I change planes. This will be the first time I've had to follow the new regulations for liquids, gels, blah blah blah. Has anybody had any problems with that? What is to be avoided?

I have little 1 ounce Nalgene bottles that I always use for shampoo and conditioner and lotion, and sample size toothpaste that's smaller than 3 ounces (the limit).

Bars of soap don't count, do they? They're solid. What if I had my solid shampoo?

I read the TSA regulations. If I had a gel-filled bra, I could wear that through security. It didn't say if the bra would be subject to inspection....and every time the regulations referred to "breast milk," I hoped they meant breast milk that had been pumped and stored in bottles.

Ahem. Stopping now.
turtle

WisCon 2007 silly reading poll

Poll #989630 Airplane Books! WisCon 2007

Oracne is flying to Wisconsin on Thursday. Help her choose what books to take!

The new Carla Kelly romance. Stop saving it!
3(8.6%)
NOT the new Carla Kelly. What is she doesn't write another one?
0(0.0%)
Dummy, you should have saved the new Loretta Chase romance.
0(0.0%)
Keep rereading that erotica! It's research!
0(0.0%)
Reading? Why aren't you WRITING in all that lovely airplane time?
5(14.3%)
Ticky book!
0(0.0%)
One of those bricklike books on WWI.
0(0.0%)
Anything less than 3 ounces that fits in a one-quart ziploc bag.
0(0.0%)
HEX, by Darieck Scott
0(0.0%)
NECESSARY BEGGARS, by Susan Palwick
1(2.9%)
THE YEARS OF RICE AND SALT, by Kim Stanley Robinson
2(5.7%)
AN OPEN BOOK: CHAPTERS FROM A READER'S LIFE, by Michael Dirda
0(0.0%)
That book on Ernie Pyle, the WWII journalist
0(0.0%)
THE HIGH WINDOW, by Raymond Chandler
0(0.0%)
Something I will suggest in comments.
0(0.0%)

I like it when oracne asks my opinion on what she should read.

Yes.
16(48.5%)
No.
0(0.0%)
Maybe.
6(18.2%)
Clicky.
10(30.3%)
Go away, you're bothering me.
1(3.0%)

My funny comment for your poll is:

WisCon 31:

I am going.
5(13.9%)
I am not going.
1(2.8%)
I wanted to go, but it sold out.
0(0.0%)
I wish I was going,
3(8.3%)
I'm glad I'm not going.
0(0.0%)
I'm going to have a really fun party with cabana boys while the rest of you are whooping it up at WisCon.
1(2.8%)
I don't care about WisCon.
0(0.0%)
Half of me is going.
0(0.0%)
My clone twin is going, but I can't.
0(0.0%)
Is this meant to be erotic? I do not find this erotic.
0(0.0%)
My ticky box is going.
0(0.0%)
I've never been to WisCon.
2(5.6%)
Why are all these people going on and on about WisCon?
0(0.0%)
I will be at WisCon telepathically.
1(2.8%)
I cannot accompany you to the mating pits, as I am viviparous.
1(2.8%)