Patrick Williams Answers The Questionnaire (18)


How do you take your coffee?

Black, cold-brewed at home, mixed w/ hot water at work. Lite Decaf, because I am an insomniac but also too cheap to by actual decaf which is $1 more per 11 oz.

Tell us a little about the experience of making the work you have featured in REALITY BEACH.

I’m working on a manuscript, Comedown Music, in which all the pieces are lyrical accompaniment for different things in decline. I guess they are a kind of bricolage, making unreliable use of language intended to manage, hide, or combat decline—things like memories, interfaces, instructions, and wishes.

Tell us about the poems you’ve been writing.

I’m trying to write a poem on about the nightlife zombies from The Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning” watching CBS Sunday Morning with the woman from Wallace Stevens’s “Sunday Morning,” or at least them finding the orange peels and coffee grounds in her garbage later as they wander home still drunk. I started that poem last Sunday morning and haven’t gotten very far.

Where can we buy some ?

My chapbook Hygiene In Reading is due out shortly from Publishing Genius, so you’ll be able to buy that soon. I also have some zines and prints and stuff for sale on my website.

What’s the last thing you burned?

Last weekend my friend Chris burned his hand on the filling from a gluten-free pop-tart, which is better than the last thing I burned: newspaper I waved in our fireplace to warm the flue and avoid filling our home with smoke again.

Where is your beach?

I’m not much of a beach person but I often imagine myself on the beach in this image above our oven while I’m waiting for a pizza to cook.

What’s the best line on the fifth page of the poetry book closest to you?

“He is working in an office, which might as well be outer space. ” From “Big Box Encounter” in Erica Meitner’sCopia (BOA Editions, 2014).

What is your favorite dance move? Please Describe.

My favorite dance move is “the Double Back,” which my wife Kelly does, but I’ve never been able replicate. It’s kind of a slo-mo Roger Rabbit thing where she does two backward steps when you expect a forward one. It’s amazing. I’ve only ever seen one other person do it, and that was in a commercial.

What’s the ebb reveal?

More ebb. Only ebb.