The Next Big Thing: Frances Richard

We have Futurepoem author Frances Richard with her entry in the self-interview for authors with forthcoming publications, The Next Big Thing. In her case, she’s talking about her new book, Anarch., just recently published from Futurepoem. Buy the book, here, and check out her interview, below.

The Next Big Thing: Frances Richard

What is the working title of the book? 

The title is Anarch., just out from Futurepoem.

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

From thinking about melting, exploding, washing away, rotting, bleeding out, spilling, falling, going down, coming apart, scattering, lying, violating, coercing, abandoning, meddling, wasting, torqueing, infiltrating, and then thinking, even so, try to be precise and kind. Poetry is a thinking tool. Language-acts, especially those mediated by technologies of reproduction (print, sound-recording, electronic postings) do not mitigate imprecision and unkindness visited directly upon material bodies in real time. Yet: How can imprecision and unkindness be mitigated without language-acts? Maybe some language-acts can be kept discrete from technologies of reproduction (croon to your infant; talk to your plants; swear when you cut yourself). But this Q & A is about a book in print, to be read online.

What genre does your book fall under?

The recoded, grasped-at, pasted-together. See “Lyric Conceptualism: A Manifesto in Progress” by Sina Queyras at Harriet the Blog:

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

As the earth: Joan Jonas

As John Milton: Alan Rickman

As Gordon Matta-Clark: Gael García Bernal

As connectivity: Princess Mononoke

As my mind inside my mind: Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan

As other minds inside my mind: Philippe Petit

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? 

“It is better to say ‘I’m suffering’ than to say ‘this landscape is ugly.’”

−Simone Weil, slightly misquoted by the internet

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

About two years.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 

Teaching Western-tradition epic to undergraduates; watching a lot of news; writing about Gordon Matta-Clark’s art; taking long walks and long train rides.

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

The filmmakers Harry Dodge, David Gatten, Bernadine Mellis, and Shelly Silver are producing films in dialogue with the book. These will be screened periodically and eventually made available on a dedicated Anarch./Futurepoem website.

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

Published by the fantastic Futurepoem.

My tagged writers are:

Caroline Crumpacker, GE Patterson, and Paul Ebenkamp.

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