My friend and fellow poet Shannon Ward suggested that I do this. This is a thing where poets send around these interview questions to poets they know (& I think fiction writers do too). I’m not sure who started it, but it’s ongoing, apparently.
What is the working
title of your book (or story)?
My latest book is FutureBlues from Salmon Poetry (2012).
Also working on some new stuff.
Where did the idea
come from for the book?
I wanted to do something different from my last collection
(in both above-mentioned instances) and push myself forward. I didn’t want to just do the same thing over
What genre does your
book fall under?
Which actors would
you choose to play your characters, in a movie rendition?
It wouldn’t be the kind of film where there were actors,
necessarily. The closest analogue I can
think of is the work of abstract filmmaker Stan Brakhage (if that is not too
presumptuous on my part). He did
occasionally film shots of himself, his wife, and poets who were friends of
What is the
one-sentence synopsis of your book?
“Inasmuch as any poet’s work
is a continuing narrative defined by nothing more or less than chronological
time, Future Blues is the collection
that follows its immediate predecessor and so cannot help but be aware of it”
(from the back cover description of Future
Will your book be
self-published or represented by an agency?
Future Blues was
recently published by Salmon Poetry. The
next one is a chapbook-length thing that doesn’t yet have a publisher. Poets don’t usually work with agents as far
as I know.
How long did it take
you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Future Blues is
Who or what inspired
you to write this book?
What else about your
book might pique the reader’s interest?
Future Blues cover
art is a painting by Kyle Fitzpatrick called “Theater,” which is a dark-hued,
red-hued, textural, surreal painting of a theater being flooded in a rainstorm,
like out of a dream or something.
I’ll pass this along to (tag) a few other people at some point soon.