So I want to thank Sarah Suzor for inviting me to be part of The Next Big Thing. A poetry chain letter that actually benefits the participants as opposed to just offering promises of wealth and sexual vitality. It was a great opportunity to think about and explore my poetry allowing me to present an engaging snapshot to a new audience.
What is/was the working title of the book?
To Take Into The I All That Cannot Be Held: 7 Factual Statements With Clarifying Theorems
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was spending a lot of time procrastinating with watching commercials online, listening to Pandora, and obsessively reading Facebook posts. The collection was a way to explore how the internal world of the I is disrupted/crafted by its interactions with the everyday cacophonies of commercials, printed news, radio chatter, etc. I was intrigued by these fragments and how they could determine the I’s perception of the world.
What genre does your book fall under?
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I like the idea Hollywood might make a movie based on a poetry collection. There are portions of my text devoid of a fixed voice. Morgan Freeman’s work in animation and commercials would provide the emotional heft needed to read these sections. The I in the collection would require an actor who can present a worldview that is embedded in tragedy and confusion while still offering an inquisitive outlook. I believe Brad Pitt or Phillip Seymour Hoffman would be perfect choices.
What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
The synopsis is an exploration of the tensions between the “truth of facts” and the exploration of the “uncertainties of loss”.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The original series of poems that would be revised to form this collection took two months. It was another year and a half of rethinking and re-writing to reach its current form.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The collection began as a self-issued challenge to see if I could catalog the mundane events of an anonymous man’s day. I also set two goals for myself for pursuing a second MFA: a publishable chapbook and book of poetry.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
These poems are not static in place or meaning; they evolve with the reader. Every engagement with the text will bring about a new layer of discovery or obscure a previously held understanding. They are not looking to be difficult, but instead strive to be a living thing of complex interactions.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am currently compiling a list of small publishers that I will approach with my collection. I do not intend to self-publish.