What is the title of your book?
Everything Reused in the Sea: The Crow & Benjamin Letters
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Della Watson and I started up a poetic correspondence in January 2008, inspired by the letters of Emily Dickinson. We created the characters Crow and Benjamin, writing physical letters and postcards, emails, and tweets to each other. In the beginning, we just wanted to work together on something because of our common interest in ED. But I think it very quickly became an ongoing project that was going to be a complete work, such as a book. So the book started grounded in the 19th century and an older form of written communication, but soon moved into contemporary forms.
What genre does your book fall under?
Poetry. I also call it experimental conversation.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
So many possibilities here: Steve Buscemi and Helen Hunt, for example. Definitely not Nicole Kidman, though I admire her work, because Crow won't allow it.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
In this book, the flotsam and jetsam of Benjamin and Crow's multifaceted correspondence is reconstructed in loosely connected poetic forms; also, it will make you laugh.