Today I am interviewing Jake Tringali, author of the new poetry collection, Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse.
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DJ: Hi Jake! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Jake Tringali: I run rad restaurants in Boston. I grew up here, and then traveled around the east and west coasts of the States, and now I’m back and living in a big, creaky house next to a very old cemetery in Cambridge.
DJ: What is Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse about?
Jake: After writing for 5 years, and being lucky enough to have more than a few poems published in literary magazines, I reviewed my portfolio. My poems tended to fall into a few themes: sexy, science, music, apocalyptic. I focused this poetry collection on the apocalyptic side of things, as I thought it was unique in the market, and those poems have something to say about the random value of life in society.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse?
Jake: As a teenager, I once read an entire library’s science fiction collection from Asimov to Zelazny in one summer. This collection is directly influenced by that summer. Specifically, the cyberpunk gods of William Gibson and Bruce Sterling.
DJ: What type of poetry can readers expect?
Jake: Readers can expect free verse. Readers can expect curse words. Readers can expect their some fun jabs at both religion and science.
DJ: Being an poet, what do you believe makes a good poem? Is it the rhyming scheme? A specific type of poetry? The meter? Length? Whether it can leaves the readers thinking? If there are hidden messages/meanings?
Jake: I tend to like poems that are 1 to 3 pages long, and in free verse. I do like wordplay orchestrations, that allow me to enjoy the poem more than once. I like subjects that haven’t been covered – I never want to read another poem about a stream or a tree. Poetry should inspire you to get your next tattoo.
DJ: This may… this will be a difficult question to answer, but what are some of your favorite poems in Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse? I don’t mean what you believe is the best, but perhaps some stories has a particular setting, theme, message, or personal connection that you stood out to you?
Jake: I have a soft spot for “all the way down”, which is about an obscure theory of the creation of the universe, and the randomness and futility of it all, with a fun reveal. For similar reasons, I like “invisible ink”, in which I produce my own cosmology, within just a few words and a few lines.
I guess I spend an equal amount of time creating universes in this book as I do in destroying them.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse?
Jake: My friends were very encouraging, and I was began being published, they would cheer me on. In some way, I was representing them, because when I wrote about a specific scene, it always involved one or more of my friends.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Jake: Many people have never read a poetry book, and probably have an idea that such books are filled of drippy love poems, or inspirational quotes, or limericks. Readers might learn that poetry can cover subjects such as mosh pits, the discovery of the X-Ray, dungeons and whips, and tributes to double middle fingers in the air.
DJ: If any of my readers don’t read poetry, why should they start now? What are some common misconception you think people have of poetry that prevent them from giving it a shot?
Jake: For most people, their introduction to poetry was probably ramblings when they were 12- or 13-years old, or Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson, which are difficult to relate to in the modern age. They should read poetry today because it can cover music, superheroes, politics, science fiction – any number of interesting topics.
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began writing Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse? Was there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Jake: I do have a particular message in this book. The world – or at least your world – could end any day. My poems describe a few different apocalypses. It will probably be a random act, and we may not see it coming. Revel now! Rebel now! Don’t lie down! Get up on your feet! Rock and roll!
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse that you can share with us?
Jake: “the most intimate thing you can do to someone else is cut them”
“For you, sweetheart, I leave blood on the page”
Hmm, two quotes about blood. I wonder, my hidden psychologists, what this might mean?
DJ: Now that Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse is released, what is next for you?
Jake: I’m promoting the book, and getting the word out there! My book release party is at a music venue in Boston, and I have 5 female-fronted punk bands playing!
I have begun writing a second poetry book, which reflects upon modern life, while taking place on and around the planet Mars.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page:https://www.amazon.com/Jake-Tringali/e/B07G9VB586/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse that we haven’t talked about yet?
Jake: If you like science fiction and/or punk rock music, this might be the next book for you to buy.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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*** Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse is published by Transcendent Zero Press and is available TODAY!!! ***
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This full length collection from Boston poet Jake Tringali is a mysterious reflection on the life process. Written with an intellectual punk rock attitude, we are led through scientific concepts, dives and hangouts, lustful abandon, and openness to new experiences. Many of these poems are published in independent journals.
About the Author:
JAKE TRINGALI was born in Boston, lived up and down the East Coast, and then up and down the West Coast. He runs rad restaurants and thrives in a habitat of bars, punk rock shows, and a sprinkling of burlesque performers. Throughout 2015, publications include Catch & Release, Boston Poetry Magazine, Indiana Voice Journal, and twelve other fine journals.