The Invitation Guidelines: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag at least fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what authors my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note.)

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In no particular order:

1) Charles Bukowski introduced me to a way of honoring a small part of my life that I had always been ashamed of.

2) Bob Dylan provided the poetry and the soundtrack.

3) Marian Zimmerman Bradley blew my mind in high school, with the idea of a history of powerful women.

4) Robert B Parker gave me a model of “good” that I could work with.

5) Richard Bandler told me “if you're not in control of your mind, then who is?”

6) Mary Oliver cracks open the world so that everything wild and good can come out.

7) Derrick Jenson cracks open civilization so that everything bad can come out.

8) Robert Heinlein – Stranger In A Strange Land.

9) Neale Donald Walsch – cliche, I know, but much of his “Conversation” was just what I needed to hear.

10) Starhawk – Twelve Wild Swans, The Fifth Sacred Thing

11) John Irving – Owen Meany changed the path of my life quite literally.

12) Clarisa Pinkola Estes – I was too young to understand Women Who Run With the Wolves when I read it, but she introduced me to Baba Yaga, who has been with me ever since.

13) Peter Tompkins – I read the Secret Life Of Plants when I was about 8, and that has everything to do with where I am now.

14) Barry Lopez – Desert Notes. “If you've been listening you must suspect that a knife will be very useful out here – not to use – just to look at.”

15) Tom Robbins – Still Life with Woodpecker.



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