I don’t really like About Me pages and I find it terribly difficult to write an interesting bio so I thought I would find out what others wanted to know about me instead. Here are some of those questions and my answers to them. But first, something of a professional About Me blurb:
Tzynya makes poems. Some of these poems, of late, have been published How to Be a Good Dad (Germinal Press, 2012), Mermaids and Merwomen in Vision and Verse (City Gallery, 2012), Holly Rose Review, and in the anthology Alternatives to Surrender (Plain View Press, 2007). She studied English and Literature, but that doesn’t stop her from not talking good. Pinchback assembles scrapbooks, dances in front of open windows, and her new favorite thing is Patron Silver in her cherry slushy. She is a mama and author of How to Make Pink Confetti (Dancing Girl Press, 2012).
Q. How to pronounce your name?
It’s not as difficult as it appears, really. it is pronounced, tuh-zeen-yah. begin here: divorce your tongue from the English language and it will be fine. And if you still mispronounce it, that too will be fine. We are going to work together to make sure things are as close to fine as possible, here, on this blog. Do you feel better? No? Here, have a drink.
Q. Are you really a mermaid?
Yes, and no, I will not show you my tail.
Q. Are you a poet or a writer?
I’m a storyteller. It’s a matter of listening to the narrative. Sometimes I force it, strong-arm a prose into a poetry – especially when I haven’t written any new poetry in a good while – it never works. I have folders, thumb drives and cloud storage full of poems that should have been prose (and vice versa). Lately, I’ve been taking photographs – I am literally hoarding hundreds of photographs on my Android phone! – that spin a nice narrative. See, this is storytelling too. Check out my little gallery.
Q. You have two chapbooks. Why don’t youwrite a larger collection of poetry?
I like full length collections of poetry – when others write them. I think my work best lends itself to the chapbook. It’s not about creating a pamphlet-sized work (I spent six months selecting/arranging the 12 poems in How to Make Pink Confetti, years writing them, and a lot of poems didn’t make the cut), it’s about the craft of handmade books. Imagine: this diminutive creature, the chapbook – with its staples, string, and rough-trimmed pages – among a chorus of giants, but it makes no apology. Like an overstuffed bra, the chapbook is hopeful, romantic, and a little bawdy. And I am all those things, and my work is all those things.
Q. Do you write erotica, if so, will you publish a collection of erotic stories?
If a poem says to me, “hey girl, this lyric can only travel its intended road if allowed to pin metaphor to its lace panty line,” then I do it, but I don’t find writing about sex so urgent that I would create a mountain of sex poems (and that is by no means a commentary on erotica or writers of erotica). Come on, really, most erotica bores me (including my own) and it bores you too. Sex is simple and base as waking up with bad breath. There’s only so much you can do with it - especially on paper – without coming off as pedestrian and formulaic and just a bit needy. I don’t want to spend too much time writing about something I’d rather be doing. I will, however, recite dirty limericks until my tongue goes limp. By the by, Rumi, Anais Nin, and Erica Jong are my favorite writers of erotica.
Q. Do you believe in God?
Q. Who is your favorite writer?
I can’t pick just one.
Q. What’s your favorite food?
Mexican food, especially New Mexico-style southwestern cuisine.
Q. Are you a good dancer.
I am an accomplished and celebrated dancer in my living room.
Q. Do you kiss on the first date?
Absolutely. And before the first date too.
Q. Where are you from?
The Pacific Ocean.
Q. You’re kind of funny, you ever thought about being a comedian?
No. I’m kind of short, but I’ve never thought of being a munchkin either.
Q. Who’s in your wet dream and what are you guys doing?
Marilyn Monroe, Salma Hayek, Tom Jones, Lisa Nicole Carson, Jill Scott, Barry Manilow, The Incredible Hulk, Toby Maguire, Matthew Gray Gubler (yes!), Cornel West, and Frida Khalo. We are having an artist salon and Frida is dealing cards.
Q. Which fictional character are you most like?
My daughter says I am most like Snow White (except the story of Snow White tells us her mother – the Queen – wished her a complexion white as snow, lips red as blood, hair raven. I have the raven hair and I have a very fine crimson lip color courtesy of MAC, but my skin is brown. My daughter says two out of three is fine and shouldn’t be debated.) My significant other says I am most like Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls because I’m combative and kick-ass (except I can’t recall an instance of being combative towards him unless he was being, well, wrong). I say I am most like Countess Olenska from The Age of Innocence — a bit gracious, a little wayward, randy, uppity, and fiercely devoted. I am both villian and hero. Quote from Age of Innocence : “The affair, in short, had been of the kind that most of the young men of his age had been through, and emerged from with calm consciences and an undisturbed belief in the abysmal distinction between the woman one loved and respected and those one enjoyed – and pitied. In this view they were sedulously abetted by their mothers, aunts and other elderly female relatives, who all shared Mrs Archer’s belief that when ‘such things happened’ it was undoubtedly foolish of the man, but somehow always criminal of the woman.”
Q. What advice would you give to young writers?
Make a life worthy of bouncing stories against.