I want to write…
…but the pen is so far away…
Across miles of minutia,
snacks, a telephone,
the world outside,
a winding superhighway.
As I binge my time away,
I contemplate my novel—
Why the neighbor
mows the lawn at dawn
… and then again at noon.
I imagine the finished novel
discovered one day in its entirety
inside my head and heart
by a coroner.
He’ll find blood rich with story
characters in my capillaries
irony woven through my veins,
plot twists on the matter of my brain.
He will fall in love
with the writer I never was.
He’ll say it was true of me
like so many others he’s seen—
She had a novel inside her.
I asked Linda what prompted this piece and she said…
I was asked in a radio interview when I’d be writing “the novel”. When I had another interview coming up on the same show, I thought about that question and wrote this poem. I then told him I had just completed “The Novel.” Was that cheating?
I wouldn’t have said so. I loved it. Thank you, Linda.
Her work (and play) earned two awards from the International Listening Association and a Coffee House Press Poetry Award.
Her poetry and essays have been published in journals, anthologies and online.
If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.
The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with non-fiction author Frank Newby – the five hundred and thirty-sixth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.
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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.