A Few of the Great Ideas I've Had
1) I got the alphabet tattooed around my right ankle in 1990. This is just one of those things that, once seen, seems so inevitable, or obvious, it's like "why aren't there hundreds and even thousands of people walking around with the alphabet tattooed around various limbs and joints?" Often I am asked, by someone who thinks they are being very clever, if I am a teacher of small children. I suppose this seems a great teaching tool. "No," I think, "I'm a person who uses words." At a poetry reading the other day I saw a much younger woman with the letters of the alphabet, writ very small, scattered to random effect all over her body. She was showing a lot of skin.
2) Sushi at interstate rest stops. If they can do it at supermarkets . . .
3) A t-shirt that reads: "Soho Gives Me Hives"; another that reads: "Why Are You Dressed Like A Hooker?" (This first one is pertinent mostly for native New Yorkers; the second may have passed its moment of application, which I think was the early 2000s.)
4) Virtual graveyards, and a searchable database of gravesites, so you could go and visit whomever, whenever.
Born and raised in New York City, Rebecca Wolff earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She authored Manderley (2001), selected for the 2001 National Poetry Series; Figment (2004), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; The King (2009); and One Morning— (2015). Her work has appeared in BOMB...