Lynne Thompson – “Next Big Thing” Interview

What fun this literary chain letter—so coined by Sarah Maclay—is to follow & participate in.  The timing couldn’t be better as I anticipate the publication of my second manuscript by What Books Press in the fall of 2013.  Sarah’s letter can be found here on LitBridge  as well as the letter of Ann Fisher-Wirth, co-editor of the recently-released The Ecopoetry Anthology, at  Thanks to both of them for the “tag”!


What is the working title of the book:

Start With A Small Guitar—the title of one of the poems in the collection.


Where did the idea for the book come from?

Most of the poems in Guitar constituted one section of a completely different manuscript that never worked.  Originally, I thought the section would make a nice chapbook but those poems found companions with which they played nicely until they grew into a full-length manuscript.


What genre does your book full under?



What actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie rendition?

Idris Elba would be just fine for “The Optimist’s Requiem; Esai Morales for “Delusion, An Urban Romance”; Kerry Washington for “…but anyway, I am a woman”.  You’ll have to read the collection and see who you’d cast in other poems!


What is the one-sentence synopsis of this book?

A fellow poet describes these poems as love/no love poems.


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



Who or what inspired  you to write this book?

Everyone I ever loved, failed to love, or, having loved, lost.


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

The original manuscript I spoke of was assembled in about 2009 so some of the poems are at least that old.  The most recent, “Laceum”, was written in December 2012.


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

Stylistically, Start With a Small Guitar is something of a departure from my first collection, Beg No Pardon, and that was a revelation to me and hopefully will strike readers the same way.  In addition, I’m particularly excited about the amazing cover by Gronk, the pride of East Los Angeles and a wonderful painter, printmaker and performance artist.


Next up:  I’m tagging Sharon Venezio, Adrian Matejka, Vievee Francis, and Cornelius Eady.