Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The News

Well, it happened. There is going to be a book. Octopus Books called me and said, we would like to publish your first book Balloon Pop Outlaw Black next summer, and I said go to hell I hate you, an octopus can't even read, how does it know what books are good, and they said your book is made of bubbles, underwater, and we read it and we liked it, and I said WELL FINE THEN, and then oh my gush are you kidding me, I am going to have a book.

There's a time when you're shut up in a room all day writing long crazed metatextual poems about Popeye when you do not think this will happen. You are mostly happy and crazy and flying on the power of writing a book but when you aren't you are thinking, "This will never happen, I am alone as the ants under the rock (ed. note: you are mixing your animal metaphors, change this to something about barnacles on a shipwreck's hull later) and no one will lift it up to see," but then they do. And it does. But the book did not happen because anyone was looking, it happened because you were shut up crazy in a room all day thinking really hard about what if ... Popeye ... HAD INK FOR BLOOD??? So it goes.

The official announcement is here. Enormous congrats to Ben Mirov also!

NOW FOR THE GOOD PART

Choice Reactions from My Mother

"Looks like the Octopus ... latched on ... to you with all 8 arms!"

"Well, I think you're going to make poetry popular again."

"You're going to bring poetry to the young people."

"Balloon Pop Outlaw Dark is a great name. It really sticks in the mind."

"One way or another, you caught ... the eye ... of the Octopus!" (She then paused, seeming to realize that "the eye of the octopus" was not a thing.)

"You're blowing up like a train going downhill and no one can stop it. Tell everyone to get out of your way, because if they don't, they will be killed."

21 comments:

Radish King said...

I love your mom. And you. And your mom.


wv : hingl : hahahaha : don't know why.

Patricia Lockwood said...

Mine is, intriguingly, dolooll? What the f

Jack Shafer said...

Poetry will have its revenge.

W.C.Camp said...

Wow this is awesome - Please post the jacket art when available. Congrats and let's hope for many more! W.C.C.

Patricia Lockwood said...

Poetry has already had its revenge, Jack Shafer. You have literally been killed by the train of my runaway success. You are A Ghost

Thank you W.C.C.! I will post more details as they come

Justin Evans said...

Congratulations! I look forward to getting a copy.

Patricia Lockwood said...

Awww thank you Justin

Mmmmmmmmmmmichaelrobbins said...

Everyone always knows the octopus he has eight arms. Do they learn that in school or something? Or from firsthand experience, counting in the ocean. Maybe I should say EIGHTH-HAND experience HAHAHAHAHAHA

jorg wobblington lopez said...

I'll buy the book for sure. Even if I have to rent scuba equipment.

Patricia Lockwood said...

My mother is here

Drown for my book, jorg wobblington lopez

beth coyote said...

You are totally blowing up like a train going downhill.

Fantastic, lamb chop!

~Beth


wv: sartu

Roxane Gay said...

Congratulations, Patricia. So very deserved. It would be something if an Octopus could read. They'd be holding on to eight books at time, speaking in tongues. Let's try to make this happen. Can't wait to read the book.

Elisa said...

How many people have you killed so far, Tiger?

John A said...

The Fascist octopus has sung its swan song, the jackboot is thrown into the melting pot. :)

Jee Leong Koh said...

Fantastic but real! Congrats, Trish.

Patricia Lockwood said...

Thank you my babies -- Roxane, the PANK poems are in this book!

It is gonna be squidding amazing

Martha Silano said...

Congratulations, Patricia!!!!!! I do very much love the title

Patricia Lockwood said...

Thank you sweet Martha!

Benjamin said...

Congratulations! I'm a fellow poet (still trying to get a book published) and I just found your poetry and blog tonight. I've been sitting here in Sydney laughing my arse off for the past 30 minutes, reading back through your posts. You are legend.

steef said...

Blurg! I am a Kraken from the Sea! Feed me Poet Tree!

(I am interested in this book and I shall buy ten or 11 or eight of them.)

persi said...

I am disappointed. I was all ready to buy a year's subscription to octopus books, assuming that everything they publish would be as awesome as you. but before i mashed the paypal button, i went and read some poems from their magazine. and they were not as good! I will have to buy just your book, and not everything they sell for two years, even though i cannot buy it yet, in advance, and have to wait for them to even take my money, much less send the actual book to me. keep us posted.