Monday, March 10, 2014
10 Questions with...NYC Poet Alessandra Francesca
Alessandra Francesca will be one of the featured poets in Raining Words: A Spring Poetry Extravaganza on Saturday, April 12 @ The Pomegrante Gallery, produced by 3Po3try NYC (https://www.facebook.com/3po3trynyc).
Born in Boston, poet Alessandra Francesca has been inspired by a range of artists, from T.S. Eliot to Humphrey Bogart, and her family feared she would run off to New York since before she could walk. She can be found mumbling poetry to herself on the L train and her work will strike you with its raw honesty and lasting poignancy. Her blog can be found @ http://ilsaseeksrick.com/. She lives in Brooklyn.
The following is our quick 10-question interview with Alessandra.
What's your idea of the perfect poem?
One that so begs to be read aloud it is eventually banned from libraries.
What was your best writing moment?
When I wrote my mother’s eulogy.
What was your worst writing moment?
Middle school. Studies show that 100% of Americans who dislike poetry cite
“That annoying girl in my 7th grade class” as the primary cause.
If you could steal one line from any poem, what would it be?
In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo. (from T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock)
What time of the day do you mostly write?
Obscenely early in the morning or maddeningly late at night.
What do you do to get into your writing sessions?
Fall in love, drink bourbon, or some combination thereof.
What's the weirdest place you ever wrote?
In a hotel room in Venice. The story starts with a tomato and ends with a fig.
What's the weirdest thing you ever wrote on?
My bedroom ceiling.
What book changed your writing forever?
Choke, by Chuck Palahniuk.
What poet, dead or alive, would you like to be friends with?
Neruda, so I could catch his cast-offs on the rebound.
To purchase advance tickets to Raining Words: A Spring Poetry Extravaganza, go to http://3po3trynycdebut.eventbrite.com.
Photo Credit: Jay Franco (http://jayfranco.co/)