Today I’m going to answer 10 questions about my new book of poems, SPELLS, which is coming out in just a few weeks. I’m answering them as part of The Next Big Thing, a game of blog-tag to which I was invited by my delightful former Stonecoast student, Kathleen Clancy. Here’s Kathleen’s blog about her new book project.
And here are my answers:
What is the working title of your book (or story)?
SPELLS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS. At one point, the title included the dates of the poems, 1970-2010, but my editor and I thought better of that.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
For decades I’d imagined publishing a selected poems some day, but I never imagined how it would come about. The book grew out of a group of very unusual poems I had called “the lost poems” because, though I wrote them during the 1980s, I had never published them. I finally showed them to a friend, who showed them to his editor, who liked them, and that led to her inviting me to assemble a selected poems.
What genre does your book fall under?
Poetry. The book includes lyric, narrative, and dramatic poetry, including an excerpt from an opera libretto.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Meryl Streep, definitely. People have sometimes said I resemble her, and that’s all the excuse I need!
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The book gathers the poetry I consider most significant from a 40-year period.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? (if this applies – otherwise, make up another question to answer!)
Represented by an agency.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Well, …40 years!
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The book includes poems and excerpts from my previous four books of poetry, so it can compare with them–but it also includes quite a bit of previously unpublished poetry.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Nature, the body, the spirit; death and love; hope and history.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
My poems tend to be a lot of fun to read aloud.
That’s it! And here are the writers I’ve tagged: