Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Next Big Thing Meme

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Next Big Thing: A Meme about New Books

Thanks to Don Share for the tag.


What is the working title of the book?

"She's Welcome to Her Disease": Dementia Blog, Volume 2
.  It will be published later this spring by Singing Horse Press, which published volume 1.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea came out of the first volume; the idea for that came as I composed a blog for family and friends and it occurred to me that the experience was worth recording, that the form of the blog was ideal for doing it. The second volume does not run in reverse order, like a blog, however.  Can't write back from someone's death, at least not in this context.
What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry, non-fiction, prose, drama, documentation.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

My mother adored Katharine Hepburn, but like my mother, Kate is dead. So I don't know.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

This book completes a two volume project on my mother's life and death with Alzheimer's, as well as those lives and deaths governed by the disease, including (metaphorically) those of American citizens caught up in government lies.

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

This volume covers the years 2009-2011, and was composed during those years.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

This book was inspired by the first, the first by any number of writers who write about subjective experience as objectively as they can, starting from Montaigne. I hope there's also a Buddhist attention to presence evidenced here, non-judgmental.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The book is for readers of experimental poetry; it is also for those whose parents, spouses, friends, suffer from dementia and/or Alzheimer's. It's not a self-help book, except insofar as meditation on our most extreme experiences is of value.

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

This is my agency.

Make up a question you think is pressing in way of poetry today.

As a publisher, I like the use of the word "pressing" in this sentence.  But really: How better to disseminate poetry, not so much as writing, but as a way of looking at the world, accessible to anyone and everyon?

Tags: J. Vera Lee, Mark Wallace, Kaia Sand, Steve Collis, Caroline Sinavaiana

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