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What is a Quixotic YAWP?

Walt Whitman sounded his “barbaric yawp” from the rooftops of the world through his poetry, journalism, and prose. A barbaric yawp is a raw, untamed, or primitive shout. Whitman felt he had something to say and something to share about how he perceived the world, and he wrote about events, people, and places that caught his attention for decades.

In the spirit of Whitman, Quixotic Yawp reflects my untamed, idealistic, random, serious, silly, philosophic, and genuine ways of perceiving the world. Whether from contemporary culture, historic events, songs, books, news events, people, or simple happenings in my back yard, I’ll explore what inspires and interests me ~ like Whitman, my voice is often untamed and raw, but I’m sounding my quixotic yawp nevertheless.

In 2012, I migrated this blog from another site, and I kept the video clip from the film Dead Poets Society as a reminder of the struggle to express ourselves.

About me: ~earthbound misfit~

My given name is Lynette, but I chose the name earthbound misfit as my blogging name in reference to a Pink Floyd song, Learning to Fly, in which the line

“tongue-tied and twisted, just an earthbound misfit, I”

resonates with me, how I relate to the world, and at times feel bound to gravity – the forces that work against my aspirations, not the law of nature.

In short, I’m an idealistic logophile discovering the meaning of life in real-time.
If I’m not writing, I’m probably sidetracked in a bookstore, listening to live music, reading a good book, at the movies, shooting photographs, riding the world’s best wooden roller-coaster, or enjoying an outdoor café on a sunny day.

I am a fan of classic rock, literature – fiction and non-fiction – my favorite novels include American Gods and One Hundred Years of Solitude, good television (which means not much of it. I miss Star Trek: TNG and The West Wing terribly, but I thoroughly enjoy NCISSupernatural and Downton Abbey) and yes, I know the vast differences in the genres – sci-fi, crime drama, fantasy, and historical fiction – contradict one another, but to quote Whitman:

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
In my offline life, I am a mere mortal, a writer and teacher with an MA in English.

One of  my favorite quotes:

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ~ Anaïs Nin

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