Amy Turn Sharp's a local poet and host of Word Church, a word-worshipping night of fun that runs every six weeks at Brothers Drake Meadery. Typical gatherings include scheduled readings from local writers, poets and authors, an open mic portion and a DJ set to end the night. Sharp will read from her new book, "Hold Me Like Ohio," which will also be available for purchase (along with chapbooks from other writers), at the next Word Church (8 p.m. Tuesday). These are a few of her favorite things.
Amy Turn Sharpís a local poet and host of Word Church, a word-worshipping night of fun that runs every six weeks at Brothers Drake Meadery. Typical gatherings include scheduled readings from local writers, poets and authors, an open mic portion and a DJ set to end the night. Sharp will read from her new book, ďHold Me Like Ohio,Ē which will also be available for purchase (along with chapbooks from other writers), at the next Word Church (8 p.m. Tuesday). These are a few of her favorite things.
Estrellaís Prophecies fortune-telling booth
As far back as I can remember my dad took me to Spaghetti Warehouse. I donít really eat there anymore, but Iíll go once in a while if Iím over there just for this. Itís sort of like the one in the movie ďBig,Ē where Tom Hanks puts in a quarter and it shakes kind of violently and produces a square card stock. I used to collect them in a tin box. Nothing ever came true off the cards, but it didnít matter. Itís part carnival, part spooky, and Iíve always been attracted to it.
My grandmother kept a journal all her life ó sheís 93 now. When my grandfather passed away, she stood outside and made a fire and burned all their love letters. Sheís a very private person, so I probably wonít ever get them, but itís nice to know they exist. I always have my Moleskin with me at all times. I try to think about things I encounter during the day and write them down so that maybe theyíll fall into a poem or something. It might be the sounds of a coffee shop or somebodyís eye color. Sometimes itís long-form writing, or Iíll just draw a picture.
Andrew Wyethís Helga paintings
Itís a collection of around 250 paintings and drawings he did of his neighbor. Sheís this gorgeous German woman who had four kids and was probably in her 30s when it happened. It was unknown to both spouses this was going on. Theyíre beautiful nudes and amazing, risquť-looking beautiful things. Iíve studied them and looked at them, but Iíve never seen them in-person. People make bucket lists, and this is something that makes me nervous ó that I wonít get to see them, and that sucks. Iíve got shit to do; I need to figure out how to do this.
I grew up in southeast Ohio, and I learned how to drive on a tractor, a stick shift. We didnít have a working farm, but my dad had a collection, Iíd say a small collection, of tractors. Now itís very large collection with everything from Massey Ferguson to John Deere. Iíd love to have a tractor now, even though I live in Worthington. Iím just obsessed with the idea of what that means to me. It was freedom. Iíd hop on my dadís tractor and go to my friendís house two miles down the road in the country.
The Talking Heads documentary ďStop Making SenseĒ
I didnít see it in the theaters when it was playing in the í80s because I was too young. I remember when I was in high school I thought it was the coolest documentary ever. I love it so much that my husband secretly rented out Studio 35 and played it for my birthday in November. It was so fabulous. I got to hear lots of stories from my friends who are older than me who were like, ďOh yeah, it was the í80s, man, and it was the Drexel, and people were dancing in the aisles.Ē When I die, I would like it to be playing at my wake or funeral in the background against a large wall. My husband knows that, and it freaks him out, but I want people to dance.
I donít know if people say they love social media things, but I really like it for my own self, as a writer. I get inspired. I follow very inspiring people, weird people, weird brands. Itís my daily allowance of strange. I can just be weird on it. I have no filter. Itís this place I feel very free. Maybe Iíll put out my poetry links and find things every day that inspire me to write more. Itís a microcosm of cool insanity. Itís changed my writing in a way. Iíll think of something and go to my Moleskin to write it down.
Photos courtesy of Amy Turn Sharp