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Sommer Browning

November 16, 2011

Sommer Browning

Poetry is serious business, and the best poems can make you laugh out loud while your heart is breaking. Some of those best poems can be found in Sommer Browning‘s latest book Either Way I’m Celebrating, and some of those poems are cartoons.

Sommer’s poetry is smart, incisive, and clever. It’s also terribly well-written and eminently readable. Her cartoons make toilet humor sophisticated, and are at least as thought-provoking as her poems.

In 2008 Sommer co-founded, with Tony Mancus, Flying Guillotine Press, a hand-bound, poetry chapbook press.  She also curates, with Julia Cohen, The Bad Shadow Affair, a reading series in Denver. And somehow she finds time to tell (hilarious!) jokes on Twitter.

Read on, and then give her a follow. She’s one of the treasures of the 303 that 12?s thinks the whole world should know about!

Update: 0830 16 Nov 11: Sommer was named “Best Artist on Twitter” in the Denver Westword #WebAwards! Congrats!

1. What is your hometown?

I feel like I have two: Venice, California & Fredericksburg, Virginia

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

L'il Dil by Sommer Browning

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy via WIkiPedia. Justin Hoch photographing for Hudson Union Society. Image used under Creative Commons License.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

The album cover of Tarkus by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

"Tarkus" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer via WikiPedia

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

“Longitude”, it’s about longitude. “Salt”, it’s about salt. “Bluets” by Maggie Nelson, discusses bluets, but it’s about something else & Robert Fernandez’s book of poems “We are Pharaoh”. These last two are amazing! I’m about to start reading Kadijah Queen’s “Black Peculiar”, it’s on the table eyeing me.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Temporary: Nada Surf’s song “Beautiful Beat,” good for the descent into winter.

Permanent: “Close to the Edge” by Yes, good for making guests uncomfortable.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Is “America’s Got Talent” a movie? If not, then I can’t remember. The last book that made me cry is Patti Smith’s “Just Kids”.

8. Cat person or dog person?

I don’t eat meat.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Kindness. Truth is an apparition.

10. How do you define sin?

11. How do you define virtue?

I’m going to be a jerk and change these questions because “sin” and “virtue” give me the creeps (grew up with fear of hell). How about: How do you strive to live? I want to have as many adventures as I can. I want to be open to everything without getting STDs. I want to indulge my curiosity. I just generally never want to take a dump on life.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

Totally cheesy, but I’d like it to be a big huge Thank You note to everyone that I love. On a granite cock n balls.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Zach Sabbath

Either Way I’m Celebrating

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jesse Edwards permalink
    November 16, 2011 17:28


  2. Sport permalink
    November 16, 2011 09:44

    Ah-mazing. Damn, this woman is awesome, funny, and what the hell took the greater Denver area so long to recognize her greatness?

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