Apr 5, 2013

The Next Big Thing Guest Post: C. Kubasta

Below are C. Kubasta's responses to the Next Big Thing. Her chapbook, A Lovely Box, was recently published by Finishing Line Press.

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Thanks to Jenny Boully for tagging me & letting me post on her blog. I will look into this blog idea, as soon as I rewind the tape for my manual typewriter.

*Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing*

What is your working title of your book?

 A Lovely Box

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Who knows? After putting it together, I’d say it’s a collection of poems that all oscillate around the idea of boxes: boxes in terms of the roles/identities we construct for ourselves and are constructed for us. Perhaps I was locked in a closet as a child –or am nostalgic for the old-timey panoramas constructed from discarded shoeboxes –remember those from social studies?

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry, but of a strange sort.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

A movie adaptation of poems would be a strange and fragmentary text. I’d definitely pick Maggie Gyllenhaal (maybe the character in Stranger Than Fiction) to play the poet, some version of myself.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

 Each poem is a box, splitting its seams.

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

My book will be released May 10th 2013 from Finishing Line Press. It’s a small press that publishes only poetry.

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

The poems are some old, some new, some I’ve been working and reworking since graduate school. Good God – one since undergrad!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Frank Bidart is a big influence on my style, so perhaps I’d call it “Bidart-ish” (if he’d take the compliment), destabilized by a little George Steiner, and with a soup├žon of Dorianne Laux.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Long long ago, Mrs. Christenson, my 6th grade teacher made the whole class write poems. It’s probably her fault.

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

The title comes from a line talking about the common names of dragonfly and damselfly. The line reads, “a lovely box, culture made” and refers to the namer as “caught dreaming Arthur and his knights.” Other boxes appear in the poems as well, including the colloquial “box” meaning vagina. One poem discusses the “discovery” of the clitoris, during a witchcraft trial in the 1400’s. There’s also a hayloft, a reliquary box, a tavern, a womb and a tomb.

- C. Kubasta

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