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Sleet Magazine Tether Interview:

Volume 6, Number 2 2014

Tether Review:

Whistling Shade Tether Review

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?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Tether revolves around the changeable nature of time in our lives. 

What genre does the book fall under?

Where did the idea for the book come from?

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?
It took about 4 years to write the book, including early drafts and many subsequent revisions.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Water is 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.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The publisher is Spout Press, they are a non-profit literary press headquartered in Minneapolis.  Their books are distributed by Small Press Distribution (SPD).

What other works would you compare this book to within your genre?
I think one of the great things about poetry is that good poets have strong, unique voices, so comparisons are difficult.  I do love Linda Pastan's work, her connection to nature and time, and the succinct quality of her poems.  

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?
Each section of the book is introduced by a quote from Patrick O'Brien's books about the English Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.

And now I'm tagging poet Janet Jerve...