THE NEXT BIG THING
Jordan Stempleman, kind man and worldly poet, tagged me last week for the interview project “The Next Big Thing,” in which writers are to write about their latest work.
Here are the questions, in order, with my thoughts on ONLY THE BELOVED CAN CLAIM LOVE’S EXPRESSION (a manuscript-in-progress):
I wrote you a poem, too, which you can find inside the post.
What is the working title of the book?
ONLY THE BELOVED CAN CLAIM LOVE’S EXPRESSION
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Goethe’s THEORY OF COLORS. I tend to read a passage and condense it down to a title. I want to intuitively absorb what is meaningful from language, rather than making a lot of “decisions” about what means what.
What genre does the book fall under?
What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
Person flies in the face of a lavender god.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I began writing these poems in August of 2011, while living in Montreal for a few weeks. I’m still writing them.
Who or what inspired you to write the book?
Eggs, decorum, heartbreak, old cities, sleeping, not sleeping, coffee, the absolute fact of hair.
What else about this book might pique a reader’s interest?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will keep working on it for a while. Then, hopefully, some gracious press will take it.
For next week I’m tagging my excellent IPRC students: Kat Clark, Amy Souza, Tyler Brewington, Jenny Drai, Kelly Schirmann, Dehlia Ackley, Rashida Young, and Kyle Gullickson.