Sleet Magazine Tether Interview:
The Next Big Thing Interview - Kirsten Dierking
I was tagged for this "The Next Big Thing" interview on Facebook
by Tracy Youngblom, a wonderful poet whose new book, Growing Big, will be out in September!!
What is the title of your book?
Tether revolves around the changeable nature of time in our lives.
What genre does the book fall under?
Time, and the passing of time, becomes more important the older you get! I’m trying to capture those moments when time seems to slow and still; the spaces between waking and sleeping, the middle of a long, hot season, the feeling of floating on water. But I’m also trying to understand those parts of our lives that flash by, and how we face the relentless onrush of the future. These ideas are grounded in very "Minnesotan" topics - poems about winter, a vacation week at the cabin, the Mississippi River.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the book?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
a strong theme in the book, I have poems about rivers, streams, lakes, the
ocean. Part of this probably just comes
from living in the land of 10,000 lakes!
But I was particularly inspired by a writing residency at the
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, and also by working at Anoka-Ramsey
Community College - both these places sit right on the banks of the
Mississippi. And I often get writing
ideas when I'm out on the water paddling a kayak. Some of the varied things that inspired
specific poems: standing on the prime meridian in Greenwich, thunder, the
French Revolution, watching a boy fish Rice Creek.
What other works would you compare this book to within your genre?
What actors would you choose to play the characters in your book?
I would choose all new, undiscovered acting talent: "The Dog Lying Under Your Hand", played by my dog Georgia. "The Gray Cat", played by my sister's cat Lexie. "The Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog", played by Blizzard, my neighbor's dog." "The Quivering Dog" will be played by my dog Scout.
What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?
And now I'm tagging poet Janet Jerve...