Artist, writer, and all around sweet pea, Matt Runkle kindly tagged me for THE NEXT BIG THING self-interview.
What is the working title of the book? The Resurrections.
Where did the idea come from for the book? There’s an elegiac thread through the poems—for dead friends and lovers. The remaining credit goes to coffee.
What genre does your book fall under? Poetry
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? Dream cast:
Bill Murray for the sad clown bits
Shatner for the iambic.
Willem Dafoe would play the title, obviously.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? People die, they come back to life, let’s drink wine about it.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? Some of the poems date back to 2008, most are from the last two years.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? The poet (and pal) Jessica Laser helped me to find a book in a pile of paper.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? The anchor poems were first published in my chapbook BEAST, about which Calyx said:
“Despite their lyrical beauty, her poems are brutal, almost hopeless in their assessment of our environment and humanity’s place on earth. Redemption comes through the very act of shaping language, observing nature, and the crafting of beautiful pieces out of horror. While the situations described may make humanity seem insane, our instinct for life is our saving grace.”
So, expect some of that, only all the hopeless/brutal bits have been replaced with THIS.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Ideally the collection will act as a representative of agency!