Of Mustaches and Badgers

Posted on 26 November 2013

Last Friday evening, I gave a reading with the poet Dan Rzicznek at the Happy Badger in Bowling Green. The Happy Badger is a cozy place filled with Christmas lights and delicious things things like pumpkin soup and maple lattes, so it was clearly the perfect place for a reading. Plus, we had door prizes (from Big Fun in Cleveland), which is something I definitely recommend for any literary event. Give me one reason why you wouldn’t gift your audience members with stick-on mustaches.

I read my story “Wedding Season,” which was published by Flyway a few years ago, and “To Elizabeth Bishop, with Love” from Living Arrangements. Dan read an assortment of amazing poems, including a range from his chapbook Vine River Hermitage. But one of the best parts of the night was simply enjoying some food, drinks, and conversation with my MFA buddies and our very own Sherry who made it out for the reading! (Sadly, I failed to think of getting a photo of the two of us together.)

Here are the first few lines of Dan’s poem “Vine River I.” You can read it in its entirety here, but I wanted to share at least a taste:

He holds the map up to the mountainside,
a thing in the sky turning to earth.
To be a map of a face without lines,
to be a turning thing in the sky.
A line on the map means hunger—
a room filled with mounted deer and birds.

All in all, it was a lovely night, with plenty of people from the BGSU community coming out to hear some fiction and poetry. And for that, I’m grateful.



3 responses to Of Mustaches and Badgers

  • Josey says:

    Wait–there’s a Bowling Green OH??? (b/c there’s also a Bowling Green KY close enough that I would have driven to see you right away if I’d known you–and sherry–were going to be there!!) should you ever make it to the other bowling green, let me know.

  • You did a fabulous job, Laura! But, how could you go wrong, given your humor and your great writing? Thanks for the invite. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Catherine says:

    Sounds wonderful!

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