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Rodney Nelson

April 16, 2012

Rodney Nelson, drawing by Trygve Olson.

Illustration by Trygve Olson.

Hailing from the wilds of Fargo, North Dakota, Rodney Nelson  is the author of Metacowboy (The Moon Publishing & Printing, 2011)as well as other books of poetry and fiction.

Dry Crik Review described this most recent chapbook as “beautiful and delightful,” and some of that imagination comes through in the minimalist approach – reflective perhaps, of the laconic life of the northern plains – Rodney took to the Questionnaire.

1. What is your hometown?

Fargo, North Dakota

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Gatlin, the protagonist of Edward Abbey’s Black Sun

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

Peter Falk

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

in music, Carl Ruggles’ “Sun-Treader”

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

poet Gary Snyder’s “No Nature”

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


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

 Colonel Redl

8. Cat person or dog person?


9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

 neither more

10. How do you define sin?

 a much-abused term becoming obsolete

11. How do you define virtue?

 as virtu, a knack for appreciating art objects

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

vad som göms i snö kommer upp i tö

(Swedish: what’s hidden in snow comes up in thaw)

oval plate of red granite, flush with ground, to cover interred ashes


04/16/12 10:55 a.m. Corrections: our original post was a mashup of the Rodney Nelson who authored Metacowboy and the Rodney Nelson profiled here. Thanks to the ever-vigilant Margo Metegrano at for setting us straight.

(Note to respondents: detailed bios are awesome.)

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