Nick Courtright, poet & author of Punchline and Elegy for the Builder’s Wife, tagged me as part of The Next Big Thing, a series of self-interviews. Please see the interview below:
What is the working title of the book?
Celebrity Dream Poems
Where did the idea come from for the book?
One afternoon I was in sort of a recovery mode on the couch, in a half daze skimming through Berryman’s Dream Songs, while simultaneously watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Watching the show made me think of how large a role celebrities play in our lives. So I decided to research what people thought of when they heard the word celebrity. Through an informal survey, I asked various people the question: who is the most recognized person (celebrity) in the world? It was very interesting to here what names came to mind. I took the forty most frequently occurring responses and composed a chapbook.
What genre does your book fall under?
Poetry; Pop Culture
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a
Most of the celebrities in the manuscript are already actors. So they could play themselves. But for those who aren’t comfortable playing themselves we could just reuse the actors and actresses already on location. Perhaps, we could elect Tom Cruise to play Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Tom Cruise. We could have Lady Gaga act as Michael Phelps, and Madonna would be perfect as Lindsay Lohan, assuming Lohan is locked up during the scheduled time of production.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
It is a collection of poems revealing the hidden unconscious of today’s most recognized celebrities.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I started the project in the summer of 2011, and drafted most of the manuscript in a span of about four-five months.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
A combination of checkout line literature at the grocery store, reality show marathons, and FOX News. When you put all of those in a blender it will jive into a dark muck that brings to mind a Satanic bowel movement. Basically, I wanted to write something that would trick people (not just poets) into reading poems. One way to do that, I thought, was to put their favorite celebrities at the heart of the work.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Paris Hilton’s mind, Kim Kardashian’s bum, or perhaps Bill Gates removing an eye patch under a full moon in a cemetery.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I don’t know any poetry agencies. I hope to have the celebrities represented by some beautiful small press publisher of poetry, if they happen to be agents of poetry, then all the better.