It is an honor and a pleasure for me to introduce to you the next-big-thing, one of my favorite poets, Vicki Iorio:
Vicki Iorio, a native Long Islander is a graduate of Hofstra University. Vicki enjoys performing her poetry in tattoo parlors, coffee houses and venues throughout Long Island and New York City.
I want to thank Deborah Hauser, poet extraordinaire, for passing this forward to me. I will be discussing answers in reference to my new poetry collection which has just been published by Local Gems Press.
What is the title of your book?
Poems from the Dirty Couch
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The book came from years of writing poetry. The core of the book evolved from a chapbook poetry contest I entered. Deborah Hauser and I were discussing my poems and the idea of the dirty couch which frequently appeared in the grouping of poems and all the dirty couch implies and represents. The title of the book came into being and the poems centered around the idea of the dirty couch, which is representative of home, heart and the comedy/drama of life.
What genre does your book fall under?
Confessional poetry with attitude.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That is such a great question and makes me want to write a chapbook starring…
Sandra Bullock seems to play the generic strong quirky woman. She is the first actress to come to mind and I would be flattered to have her play me, although Susie Essman would be a more realistic choice. For the men in my life and not in my life, I would choose James Gandolfini for the husband who makes dark and shadowy appearances, David Duchovny and Javier Bardim for the unrequited lovers.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
An honest, no filters rock and roll rant of a modern day woman.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The poems in this book cover many years of my work. When I retired a year and a half ago, my friends encouraged me to put my notebooks, binders of poetry, into a book. The book took about a year to compile, solidify and publish.
What other books would you compare this to within your genre?
I don’t know if I am worthy enough to compare my work to other poets. I enjoy the works of Marie Howe, Jane Hirschfield, and Lucille Clifton. All poets I admire and bow down to.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Writing poetry is something I am compelled to do. Life inspires me always. My daughter’s adventures give me material. My family, the good the bad and the ugly is a wellspring that keeps bubbling. I am inspired by the in -your- face and other parts poetry of Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg is amazing. Music inspires me, especially Steely Dan, Jimmy Webb, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
My poetry is very personal. If anyone has any voyeuristic impulses read my book. It’s honest, blunt, funny,sad, shocking and sometimes sexy.
Another book is brewing. I hope my poetry never becomes the same old same old. I am always hoping to stimulate and inspire, to be funny and honest.