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“The Next Big Thing” Interview

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My friend and collaborator Joshua Young (author of When the Wolves Quit and To the Chapel of Light) tapped my shoulder in this epic game of tag for the project “The Next Big Thing,” a self-interview for writers with recent or forthcoming books (or I guess projects in process as well). After I answer the questions I have the pleasure of tagging more writers to do the same!

It’s no real surprise that Mr. Young would tag me. After all, we have a collection coming out next week called The Diegesis. I suggest that you read his thoughts here before reading my own, and I’ll try not to say the same things that he did.

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Magnetic Haiku

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Beneath our blue song,
every wild face blossoms
into leafy smiles.

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Magnetic Haiku

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Beneath thunder clouds,
we skin off the dead bark to
make a house from wood.

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Magnetic Haiku

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They smile in spring when
our rusty skins drop like shells
on the green light road.

Preorder the Diegesis by Chas Hoppe and Joshua Young at SPD BooksAmazon, and Barnes & Noble.

On Collaboration in Poetry, pt. 2: Hey Brother, Can You Spare Some Time?

In a few short weeks, Joshua Young and I will be releasing The Diegesis through Gold Wake Press on February 15.

Last week, I started talking about the value of collaboration in poetry and how Josh and I first came to work together. I left off by saying, essentially, that although I agreed to work with Josh on this project, I had given myself no time to do so.

So let’s explore that thought further, this silly concept of time. By all accounts, it appears to be a very precious commodity. If this were David Lynch’s version of Dune, I could almost hear people whispering it seductively: time … sweet sweet time. 

Most of us look at time completely wrong. We all say that we don’t have enough of it, that we’ll take care of this or that project as soon as (a) we get a moment, (b) we get past some arbitrary date on a calendar, (c) work settles down, or (d) pigs fly. Now, planning ahead is a good thing—I’ve learned these past few years as a freelancer how easy it is to overcommit, believe me. But the secret is that if we really want to do something we can always find the time.

I’ve learned that a lot of the work I end up being most fond of is produced during stolen moments, periods of my life where I supposedly don’t have the time for anything.

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Magnetic Haiku

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Can the yellow moon
harvest our concrete garden
before the morning?

Preorder the Diegesis by Chas Hoppe and Joshua Young at SPD BooksAmazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Heavy Feather Review Features (and Reviews) the Diegesis

The very friendly folks at the Heavy Feather Review have recently released Issue 2.1 of their journal, which features several pages from The Diegesis, among many other wonderful poets. I highly recommend checking it out and supporting a great new journal.

To further compound the honor, Heavy Feather also posted their review of The Diegesis. I’m not used to seeing people talk about the things I do, so it was a fun experience. I’ve been warned about not reading too many of your own reviews though, so we’ll see how I react when we get our first negative one.

My favorite part of the review? When a poem of mine that I almost cut from the collection gets singled out as a strong point. There is a certain beauty to multiple perspectives. I’m glad someone else liked that one, despite my own reservations.

Pre-order The Diegesis a collaborative poetry documentary with myself and Joshua Young, at SPD BooksAmazon, and Barnes & Noble