Business as usual, until that phone call comes. This, re: Chris Abani, at Paper Cuts:
What are you working on?
I am putting the finishing touches to “Song For Night,” a new novella, to be published this September by Akashic Books. The back blurb says: “In ‘Song for Night,’ My Luck, a West African boy soldier who has lost his voice, leads us on a terrifying yet beautiful journey through the nightmare landscape of a brutal war in search of his lost platoon. Masterful, haunting, and written in a ghostly yet lyrical voice, this is a remarkable and empathetic story of courage, grace, morality and triumph.”
And this excerpt will be on the back cover: “What you hear is not my voice. I have not spoken in three years: not since I left boot camp. It has been three years of a senseless war, and though the reasons for it are clear, and though we will continue to fight until we are ordered to stop—and probably for a while after that—none of us can remember the hate that led us here. We are simply fighting to survive the war. It is a strange place to be at fifteen, bereft of hope and very nearly of your humanity. But that is where I am nonetheless.”
I am also working on a book length poem called “Sanctificum.”