Joe Larkin

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About me

Gender Male
Industry Communications or Media
Occupation Retired
Location Joliet, IL, United States
Introduction I am a poet, fiction writer, and stand-up comic, not necessarily in that order. I also dabble in photography, water color painting, blues harp, gardening, Zen and other forms of spiritual development. My first book of poetry, Outside the Frame, was published in 2008 by Tradewinds. You can order it on or by contacting me by email at I'm currently working on a second book of poems and a seemingly endless novel that I affectionately refer to as The Thing That Won't Stop Bothering Me. I perform stand-up comedy and give poetry and fiction readings throughout the Chicago region.
Interests Writing poetry, fiction, and features. Photography, playing blues harp, gardening, walking in the woods and on the beach, living life to the fullest.
Favorite Movies The Godfather trilogy, My Dinner with Andre, Reign Over Me, Moonstruck, The Deer Hunter, Blues Brothers, and so many more.....
Favorite Music Folk/Rock, Blues and Jazz: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Rolling Stones, Luther Allison, Traveling Wilburys, The Band, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Duke Ellington, and too many others to mention here.
Favorite Books Current favs: Brothers Karamazov, Rabbit (series), The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Gone Tomorrow, Then We Came to the End, and so many others.....

Which do you prefer and why: whittling with soap or whistling with wood?

Soap. If done properly it leaves no evidence of one's ineptitude.