I was tagged in “The Next Big Thing,” a self-interview chain for writers with books coming out. Thanks, Mark Lamoureux, for tagging me. (Mark is one of my favorite poets, and two new books of his are about to come out or just out. I’ve already spent time with both; they are fantastic.) The timing for this interview is good, as I only just learned there actually is a book coming sometime soon.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The publisher, a book arts studio in England called Some Odd Pages, suggested we do a handmade, limited edition of out-of-print poems. The artist behind the studio, Meg Green, does beautiful, beautiful work. There has been a kind of collaboration between us for many years, the art of one feeding the other, a back and forth; but this is our first book.
What genre does your book fall under?
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Adaptations are wrong more often than not. But for the sake of the exercise… Rock and or earth could play the trees and other flora, and the trees etc could play the birds. The birds could play the quadrupeds. And the quadrupeds could play all those with a greater number of legs. And those with the most legs of all could play the ones with the least, the humans. Music and measure could be weather, air. No one could play water. Ghosts, maybe.
What is the one sentence synopsis of the book?
La prière est la porte et l’amour est la clé. …Not really. Maybe? I don’t know.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Seems like a long while. It gathers four books of poems into one. The first is from the early nineties.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
If you can say when you are thirsty that you are inspired to drink—it was or is like that. Part of a life system. Within which is room for many “others.”
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I should mention specifically the earlier, out-of-print books the new book will gather: Girding the Ghost, The Man in Green, Hickory Bardolino Poems, and a fourth that has not yet been published.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Another chance to plug the great Some Odd Pages, the publisher.
My tagged writers for next Wednesday are:
Claudia Smith Chen