KALI'S DAY excerpt
"Candice hears the sounds of birds. The last traces of light stain the cave’s entrance far from where she sits in full lotus covered only in the ashes of the dead. She drifts in and out, sometimes jolted from a vast emptiness by the grumbling of her stomach. So far she can silence hunger by simply focusing and re-focusing on her breath. But the stomach is a dumb animal and its indifference to “mind over matter” is becoming more apparent in the increasing volume of its complaint. It clenches itself like a fist and it’s all she can do to keep her eye closed, though she hears something scratching along the ground somewhere to her left. She’s conquered fear, never feared the dark until right before she conquered it. In another lifetime, there was a longing that she barely remembers. So it’s not fear or need that distracts her now. It’s the knowledge that, other than herself, something animate, something alive is within reach. Most likely it’s one of those large succulent beetles, thickly armored against what she is now in most danger of becoming—a predator, since she hasn’t really conquered appetite, has only concealed it, and despite having risen above the desire for even the simplest bowl of rice, is about to succumb to defeat for the taste of something that until now has been far from tempting or even remotely relevant to the satisfaction of any desire, let alone hunger—especially hunger.
She doesn’t open her eye. But she imagines it crawling heavily over the various obstacles in its way: pebbles and clumps of damp earth, a random search for whatever nourishment, dirt, dead insects, bits of excrement, it might stumble upon."
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Monday, October 14, 2013
Steve Dalachinsky, Ron Kolm, Diane Spodarek and Bart Plantenga have agreed to participate. I'll be posting their interviews here starting on March 30, 2013.
What is the working title of the book?
Bryan Cranston would be perfect as the Bostonian alcoholic, Harry Moon, once a well-paid copywriter, now living in a welfare hotel.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Where did the idea come from for the book?
a good part of my life from early adulthood until my 50's (when i was actually the super of my building)incorporating many episodes & dreams as they occurred but making it seem timeless while at times poetic - this is a revised edition with updates.
What genre does your book fall under?
prose/poetry - prose poetry - haibun - semi-auto-biography
What actors would you choose to play the the part of your characters in a movie version?
Pacino, Kinski, Hoffman, Brando, Bardot, Rod Steiger, Veronica Lake, Belmondo, Jean - Pierre Leaud, Gerard Philipe, Jean Gabin, Nakadai, Mifune, any well mannered lovely Japanese woman etc.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
proletariat meanderings - the life & times of a disgruntled partial servant of the people - life as art & vice- versa
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
it was in fragments - not originally meant as a whole - so i can't really answer this accurately. the revised copy was of course easier.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
me. my little life & some of what transpired within & around it.
reality/dream/laughter/tears/black comedy/poignancy/a place where one's insides mingle with one's outside(s)
What else about this book might pique the reader's interest?
the mixing of styles & processes. glimpses at reality & surreality
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
it will be published by unbearables/autonomedia press
What is it that you want of a book?
that it be both infinitely readable as well as unreadable & that it meet all the qualifications, standards & desires i imagined it would when i created it & of course to sell it.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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