Monday, February 04, 2013


Dr. Write tagged me to answer these questions about a writing project. Here goes:

1. What is the working title of my book?

It's flicker.  Also, I have another manuscript, and its working title is Now disappear. It's been awhile since I looked at that second one, and where I once feared that title might be pretentious, I now am pretty sure that it's pretentious.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Who can say? Why do people write poems? What is poetry for, anyway? Sorry, I got distracted there by the utter senselessness of my endeavor. NO! Stop it! I am interested in the intersection of sacred discourses and everyday life. That's what the idea of my book is.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
speaker of the poems, option 1.

My book falls under the sign of POETRY.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I have already signed over the rights to flicker to a major motion picture studio, which cannot be named here, sorry. I hear they are talking to Charlotte Rampling to play the lead, but I also heard they might ask Tilda Swinton. I'm okay with either.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

speaker of the poems, option 2.
flicker traces the intersection of sacred discourses and everyday life, its speaker seeking reconciliation and finding it only fitfully.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Neither. I hope I hope I hope my book will be taken by a press that publishes poetry. I will accomplish this by continuing to send it out and also by means of small, magickal rituals which I cannot, unfortunately, describe here for fear that their efficacy might be diminished.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

This iteration? I guess a couple of years. But one way or another I have been working on some version of this book for a really, really long time.

8. What other books would you compare this to within your genre?

Maybe The Wild Iris because of its themes? I count among my poetic influences Elizabeth Bishop, Hopkins, Frost, and Lorca.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Honestly, my life within my faith, my life with sacred books, my life within my family.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

Hmm. The language is vivid and the writing is musical, and the poems are interested in talking to you, the reader.

I tag: Kristen, Pam B., and Brandon A. Do not shirk!


  1. Yea, verily. The language is vivid and the writing is musical. I only hope your casting choices can do it justice.

  2. I know I come from a tradition too quick to give the standing ovation -- but not me. I stand up only when I mean it. I'm standing up. I'm clapping really loud. Poetry matters in this world.

  3. I like these questions. Reading through them, I found myself answering them for my manuscript. I love your poetry and can't wait to read what you have coming.

  4. I vote for SWINTON.



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