BY JOANNA C. VALENTE
Today is Tori Amos' birthday. This magical, musical goddess is one of the reasons I became a writer. As a teenager, I poured over her lyrics and melodies, finding inspiration in her lyrics, allowing myself to be vulnerable in my writing, and just embrace my weirdness.
This is why I paired some of her songs to the zodiac signs as a way to celebrate her and celebrate her many sides.
You love to be the center of attention, and you aren't afraid to be bold. You're "Cornflake Girl."
You're pragmatic and practical, always thinking of the best course of action. You're "Beauty Queen / Horses."
A creative and balanced soul, you're "Concertina."
You're intense and emotional. You're "Cruel."
Philosophical, free-spirited, and passionate, you're "Cloud on My Tongue."
You love being comfortable and secure. You're "Precious Things."
Dreamy and intuitive, you're "Happy Phantom."
A little jealous but also very loyal, you're "Jackie's Strength."
Outgoing and vivacious, you're "Suede."
Stubborn but grounded, you're "A Sorta Fairytale."
You're full of contradictions and dualities. You're "Father Lucifer."
You crave intimacy and are vulnerable. You are "Reindeer King."
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014),The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (Operating System, 2017), Sexting Ghosts (Unknown Press, 2018), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016), and the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes Poetry and the managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, BUST, Spork Press, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. joannavalente.com / Twitter: @joannasaid / IG: joannacvalente