THE NEXT BIG THING - a viral self interview series

(The Next Big Thing)

Self-Interview with Shelly Taylor
 I’m grateful to Arianne Zwartjes for tagging me in The Next Big Thing, a viral self-interview, and to those I tag here who will follow and who will follow them.

What is the working title of the book?

 Lions, Remonstrance is my second full-length collection.  I’m also co-editing--with the one & only Abraham Smith--an anthology of contemporary American poets birthed & raised up & somehow belonging to the holler, lovingly titled Hick Poetics

Where did the idea come from for the book?

(1) Life coming back together after it seems to fall apart; writing inadvertently follows the life trajectory.  For three years I wrote my life in this second book & that is simply it.  Or, I had a lil heartbreak & I wrote on through it, you know...  

(2) In summer of 2011 I was in Key West & thinking a lot about how I’d like to see a collection of contemporary voices of poets raised liminal to urbanity, whose mother was the silence and father a culvert of leaves, as Abe says.  And now here we go Hick Poetics, an enormous undertaking of enormous importance, as nothing of this sort has been attempted & Lost Roads is our press. 

What genre does your book fall under?

 My second full-length is poetry--much more so than Heifer, my first.  //  Hick Poetic is an anthology of essays & verse.

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

Really all I could say is Ben Nichols of Lucero would be just perfect.   He's not an actor but who cares?  He'd play the man-boy-soldier.  He will pull you under.  The speaker can be visually anonymous.  I would choose anonymity, after all this is a book of verse, hardly cinematic in its whiplash but nice looking men are always nice representationally.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

[[[Psychological exploration of the troubled female consciousness situated in the southern gothic-esque etiquette.]]]   That sounds dopey serious, I have always been overwrought. It is [[[a book of broken down love songs.]]] & what is left is marry yourself on a deserted island, something Shakespearean in concept, as in, this is your body-life on fire from the hunted:  so won, so lost.

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

Two years-ish.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Life.  I had a novel started & poetry took back over me as it needed to in 2010.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Lions is out there right now waiting for a home.  I watched a lot of Bonanza during the writing of this thing & American mythos are shot through the voicing:  what is masculine?  What is but a lady drowning, a man?  

The poems are desert, southern, & beach poems:  they roam & are truthful I feel, as I don’t hold much back; they almost killed me in a way but I’m done now, thank goodness; I can look at life forwardly, as in what is next?  Fresh starts are exciting!!      

As for the anthology, did I state yet that Lost Roads is our Press?  I mean, c’mon!

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