Paul Blackburn



What is your motto?
Swing with it; blow your mind if need be

What is for you the summit of misery?
a morning hardon & no woman in my bed

Where would you like to live?
Barcelona or Northern New Mexico .

What is your ideal of earthly happiness?
Enuf wood & a fireplace with a good draw; alternate: to do nothing & write

For which faults have you the greatest tolerance?
those of justified pride

Who is your favorite fictional figure?

Who are your favorite living women?
you're kidding —

Who are your favorite fictional women?
Miz Beaver & my first wife

Who is your favorite painter?
Franz Kline

Who is your favorite musician?
Charles Parker

What quality do you most admire in a man?

.     in a woman?
      a sense of possibility

What virtue do you most admire in a man?

      in a woman?

What occupation would you most enjoy?
chopping wood for that fireplace

What person would you like to be?
myself only

What do you consider to be the principal trait of your character?

Which trait of character do you appreciate most in your friends?

What is your principal fault?
Ignoring other people's head sets

What is your dream of happiness?
Loving kindness

What would be for you the greatest unhappiness?
To die slowly & painfully & assiduously attended. Or to do nothing.

Which color do you prefer.

        which flower?
        all flowering trees

        which bird?
        wood thrush

Who are your favorite prose authors?
William Eastlake & Henry Miller

Who are your favorite poets?
W. C. Williams, Ezra Pound, & James Koller

Who are your favorite real-life heroes?
Emmett Grogan and Ed Sanders & Fidel Castro

Who are your favorite heroes in history?
Stonewall Jackson & Guillaume IX of Poitou .

        Eleanor of Aquitaine & Maeut de Martanhac

What above all do you detest?
heroin, pinky rings, & dogs

Which historical character do you most despise?
James II and John F. Kennedy

Which military act do you most admire?
The battle of Khartoum

       most despise?
       the Cuban invasion & the Vietnam intervention.

What reform do you most admire?
reform of abortion laws

What gift of nature would you like to have?
a field full of marijuana & a big sign saying CONSIDER THE LILIES

How would you like to die?
in Barcelona during a revolution against F. Franco :

What is your present state of mind?
Weary & somewhat gross.