The Next Big Thiiing

The ever pleasant Kirsty Irving has invited me to participate in a project called the next big thing. Essentially some poet did some interview on her blog, asked four poets to do the same, they asked four poets and it grew like some 'pacific rim' style pyramid scheme. You can read Kirsty's interview here and mine below. The questions are all uniform. I will nominate my four horsemen soooon.

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

The idea for the book is the idea that I can only explore, and pay respect, to the paradoxical and overwhelming issue of anti-semitism through the medium of avant garde poetry, that only specifically in this medium could I hope to acknowledge the immense failure of such an undertaking without being so cloy as to exclude all possibility of value.

What genre does your book fall under? 


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


What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? 

A series of incidents of anti-semitism that I am sorry for, but not responsible for.

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

Two years.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 

The immovable majesty and presence of the Jewish tradition in 20th century letters, from Sholom Aleichem to Franz Rosenzweig, from Gershom Scholem to Franz Kafka, from Nelly Sachs to Joseph Roth, from Sigmund Freud to Walter Benjamin, from Harry Heller to Moses Hess, from Tristan Tzara to Artur Segal and on and on and on

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

It's less interesting than the title.

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

A publisher will publish it, Eggbox publshing.

The other poets I nominated:
David Kelly
Patrick Coyle
Tom Jenks
Marcus Slease