Thursday, February 21, 2013

“The Next Big Thing” Interview Project: Chloe Yelena Miller



“The Next Big Thing” book interview project asks writers to answer a series of questions about their recent or forthcoming book, post it on their blog/web-space, and tag others for the next week. I’ll be writing about my recent chapbook, Unrest. 

Thanks to Rachel M. Simon for tagging me for this project. Read her recent Next Big Thing interview here. Be sure to check out her poetry collection Theory of Orange (Pavement Saw Press 2006) and chapbook, Marginal Road (Hollyridge Press 2009). 

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What is the title of the book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The literal feeling of unrest that comes with loss – the mourning, haunting, lack of sleep, incomprehension, momentary comprehension – is the unifying theme throughout the poems. Like many, I’ve lost loved ones. As a poet, this is a subject, or perhaps a series of questions, that I work to answer and sort out through writing.
What genre does your book fall under?
Poetry.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I find that idea pretty hilarious because there isn’t a unifying narrative, but rather a theme, throughout the book. I’m not sure what a movie would look like.
My great aunt appears in a number of poems. I remember watching the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond with her once when she was in the hospital. She said that the grandmother character, Marie Barone (played by Doris Roberts), would be “nice to have over for coffee and cigarettes.” Maybe that’s a clue.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Unrest illustrates the experience of loss through food, foreign language, travel and visual art.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
This is a collection of poems that weren’t written in the same period. Some of the poems were written more recently (over the last few years) and some are from my time as a student in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College (2003 – 2005.)
Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Many of us write about what we want to know or understand better. I’ve been working through understanding what happens when someone dies. There are a number of characters in the book, both real and fictional, who pass before the book’s timeline. In a number of cases, I use grammar (English, Italian and Esperanto) to sort through the changing sense of time after a death.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Unrest was published by Finishing Line Press (2013.)
My tagged writers for next week are:

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