The Next Big Thing: Burial
Maria Damon and Jackie Clark tagged me for The Next Big Thing, a self-interview questionnaire. Below, I answer a few questions about my forthcoming book, Burial. I believe this meme has evolved to include previously published authors, so I’ll tag Heather Christle, whose new chapbook, Private Party, was just published, along with Gracie Leavitt, who first book Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2014, and David Wolach, whose Hospitology is forthcoming from Tarpaulin Sky at the same time as Burial.
What is the working title of the book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
From the atoms constituting my friend Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s desk.
"Well, for me a poem is probably hardly ever an expression of what I might consider an inner voice. When I brought up that question, it was as an abstract query. When I write poems, probably not for a good 25 years have I had a sense of it being in relationship to an inner voice. It was letting go of that idea that helped me get to the point where the poems I was writing had some sort of complexity that sustained my interest in writing as a practice."
"The whole world is tormented by words
And there is no one who does without words
But in so far as one is free from words
Does one really understand words."
Grouper | “Living Room”
“I’m looking for the place the spirit meets the skin. Can’t figure out why that place feels so hard to be in. We’re all of us at this ill-fitting party, busy pretending to relate. And it’s getting harder and harder to fake. Acting like everything’s in its place.”
Amherst College announced the other day that “all of the manuscripts of Emily Dickinson held by Amherst College are now freely available for viewing by anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world.”
This bears repeating.
Amherst College announced the other day that “all of the manuscripts of Emily Dickinson held by Amherst College are now freely available for viewing by anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world.” (Emphasis mine/the world’s.)