Felix_Bastian
31 Providence, United States
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My self-summary
No, I am not a kangaroo. But it's a great hook, isn't it? At least I can say I photographed that 'roo myself, not far from where I grew up in South Australia. In other words, I'm an Aussie smartarse and damn proud of it.

Officially I'm a grad student in Comparative Literature, but I'm trying to push myself to tell people I'm a poet. A writer once told me that the way to begin believing in yourself as a writer is to call yourself one.
What I’m doing with my life
I've been a professional student since 2004. I live for literature, almost literally. My most profound life moments have all in some way or another been aesthetic.

I also travel a lot, and have to date lived in Australia, Spain, Italy, France, and the U.S.
I’m really good at
Analysing the shit out of a good poem... but in a good way, not the fusty academic way that just leaves it dead.

Learning languages.

I'm not too shabby at cooking either; I just bought a Dutch oven and I'm already obsessed.

Oh, and inappropriate humour. Very, very inappropriate.
The first things people usually notice about me
Outside Australia: my accent.

Everywhere: the fact that I look a lot like Tim Curry. This upsets my mother a lot, and I don't know why.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Literature: Alright, I'm going to try really, really hard not to be a kid in a candy store about this... so instead of giving you overgrown lists of all my favourite authors, I'll just leave you with three of my favourite quotes. Guess where they're from and you get instant brownie points:

"J'ai tendu des cordes de clocher à clocher; des guirlandes de fenêtre à fenêtre; des chaînes d'or d'étoile à étoile et je danse."

"But know your hair was bound and wound
About the stars and moon and sun..."

"Quiero comer tu piel como una intacta almendra."

Music: I have very eclectic tastes. I listen to a lot of Classical, Trance, and Rock/Indie.

Movies: Star Wars, The Wedding Crashers, Eight and a Half, Apocalypse Now, Stranger Than Fiction, Bright Star.

Shows: Archer, Community, Futurama, Game of Thrones, New Girl, Sherlock, How I Met Your Mother.

Food: Many, many things, particularly Indian and Mexican...
The six things I could never do without
A pen and paper... or anything with which I can write;
A collection of poetry, preferably an anthology since I can never choose just one;
Sex: unoriginal, yes, but it's true and I won't lie about it;
Stimulating conversation;
Single malt scotch;
A cat to keep me some badass company.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How I'm ever supposed to start writing my dissertation when there's always more research to do first.

How we present ourselves; the roles we play.
"We are experiments; let us also want to be such."

Lately, and not entirely by choice, the disgusting political state of most of the world.

Why the poets have been so inexcusably silent on the subject of garlic.
On a typical Friday night I am
Apparently updating my OkCupid profile.

That or at a bar with friends. I used to say here that I go clubbing but... Providence has kinda ground that out of me. Where does one find decent music and space to dance in this city?!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am a feminist and an ally.

But oh! Please don't tell anyone!
You should message me if
You like what you see, and you can take a joke: I am both very approachable and very sarcastic. I WILL tease you the first time we talk; and the second, and the third... But then I'll probably stop because I'm not actually that mean. I have never not responded to a message in a friendly way. Except for that one time I got a highly offensive and accusatory message from a total stranger out of the blue. I simply ignored that one.

Also, you're not necessarily after anything serious or exclusive. Also, you know the difference between manipulating people for selfish ends, and playful, sensual, mutual pleasure. I'm all about the latter, but I don't tolerate the former.
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