I felt so flattered to be tagged by two stellar poets: Kendra DeColo is working on her manuscript Crooked Hope. Annie Finch posted about her new book, SPELLS.
What is your working title of your book (or story)? The working title for my second book is called BREAK THE HABIT.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The day before my divorce was issued, I stayed overnight in Brooklyn with a friend, who happened to have an apartment directly across the street from a methadone clinic. I just kept thinking about how love is an attachment, a habit where we willingly participate and it is often good. At other times, we are so addicted to the idea of love that it debilitates us. So, the poems started there.
What genre does your book fall under? Poetry
What songs would be in the soundtrack for your book?
“Chamber” by Ka
Cassandra Wilson’s cover of “Love Is Blindness”
D’Angelo’s cover of “She’s Always In My Hair”
“Fix” by Blackstreet, Fishbone, Slash, and O.D.B.
“What You Do To Me” by BlakRoc
“Thank You” by Estelle
Bon Iver’s rendition of “I Can’t Make You Love Me”
“I’d Rather Be With You” and “What’s a Telephone Bill” by Bootsy Collins
“Ghetto Rock” by Mos Def
“Ooh Ahh” by Divinity Roxx
“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.
J. Dilla’s Donuts
“The The Empty” by Le Tigre
Al Green’s Greatest Hits
“Letting Go” by Lupe Fiasco
Robert Glasper’s Black Radio
Salaam Remi’s “Bad Man Waltz”
Marvin Gaye’s Here, My Dear
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
One woman approaches loss and reclaiming her self with poems about spiders, Marvin Gaye, wedding dresses, and starting over.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will be submitting the manuscript for open readings and prizes.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m still working on it.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Blowout by Denise Duhamel. Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds. The Terrible Stories by Lucille Clifton.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My father’s passing and my divorce, but I’d also say a spider that inhabited my front porch from August-December 2012.
What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest? Other than a poem that explores spider sex? I would say a pervasive sense of hope and finding what is precious in a single breath.
My tagged writers are:
Latasha N. Nevada Diggs
Airea Dee Matthews
Kamilah Aisha Moon