Kim Acrylic, from Seattle Washington, is a poet, recording artist, and indie music journalist, who dedicated her life to poetry at age 15. Since then, she has published four volumes of poetry, and finally an anthology of everything she has written in the book The Myth Behind All Truth, in which artist and musician, Chris Mars, did the cover for.
Kim has worked for several online music and poetry magazines including Punk Globe, The Battered Suitcase and Reviewer magazine. She has been published in several anthologies and blogs including Little Episodes’ first volume of poetry Back In 5 Minutes, alongside the likes of Sadie Frost, Clint Catalyst, Lucy Barat, Charlie Sheen, and Michael Madsen. She also collaborated with Andy Warhol, posthumously, for the New Britain Museum of Modern Art by writing a poem inspired by his painting of Manray for the book Visions, Voices, and Verses. As of to date, Kim has two CDs out; Fanfare Meltdown and an E.P Techno Eyes. She continues to collaborate to this day with artists all over the world, and has finished her first novel Rock ‘N’ Roll Melancholy.
KIM ACRYLIC: I have been writing poetry since I was small. Then I got inspired by the likes of Jim Morrison, the Beats, and French poets when I was 15. I really started taking what I did serious around that time in my life. I was a loner girl, going to local gigs in downtown Seattle, reading Rimbaud. (Laughs) I was always a strange girl. Never fit in or had many friends. I wrote dark, really dark poems. What my friends and family at the time called “goth,” but since then, I grew out of that genre. I realized I could be dark without being gothic, if that makes any sense. I realized I didn’t need a label at all, as I was kinda all over the place. But as for being inspired to really write, it was a random cyber bully. Never talked with him/her in my life, but they messaged me saying “You call yourself a writer, well what have you done? Nothing I bet. You are nothing!” As soon as I read that, I said “screw this!” and typed up every poem I’d ever written at the time and published it. I needed that anonymous motivation, I think. And yes, I later thanked that person for being a douche! (laughs) As for my novel; well, that’s a different story. I never thought I could write a story …EVER! and was very vocal about not being able to. Mind you, I had never tried, but I felt I was too impatient to put all the millions of tales in my head to paper. I don’t quite know what inspired me to actually do it last year, but I did. And I didn’t stop until it was done. I blame caffeine!
KIM: The poetry book, The Myth Behind All Truth, can easily be summarized as abstract and very surreal. It’s actually pretty sexual, too, without being erotica. If Dali and Morrison had a love child, it would be my poetry. As for my novel, Rock ‘n’ Roll Melancholy, that is a very sad, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll tragedy. A Shakespeare-meets-a-Rob Sheffield offspring.
LADYASLAN: What is the overall theme, central topic, subject, or concept of your books?
KIM: My poetry is no doubt very surreal. Mind trip with abstract flavor. I like to make people read, and re-read the lines. A literary acid trip, as it were. My novel is straightforward. It’s a very easy, fast-flowing, entertaining read. A lot of people think I’m on drugs because the topic is very drug-ridden, and also has the style of one who is or has been on drugs might write. But trust me, I’ve only ever written sober.
LADYASLAN: Where does this book take place?
KIM: My novel takes place in Seattle, Washington. My homeland! There are scene in other countries, like the UK, but it’s very much a local book to me. Heavily influenced by the 60s and 90s and the grunge genre.
LADYASLAN: Who are the main characters and why are they so important to the story?
KIM: Most of today’s trending news is sadly, war and terrorism, gun violence, etc. No, I don’t have that in my novels, but I do touch abstractly on that stuff in my poetry. But again, you gotta really read between my metaphor-ridden lines. I’m queen of metaphors!
KIM: I saw Kimya Dawson, of Moldy Peaches fame, this summer. Was a tiny in-store performance. Was pretty good. I felt like I was in an episode of Portlandia. There were all these typical, Northwest hipster types sitting in a circle while she sang to us, as if we were in pre-school. But it didn’t really inspire me. My last REAL gig was Jarvis Cocker of Pulp. That was a religious experience! Completely inspired me, and he was a sweetie to me. He held my hand a few times. I fan-girled, I’m guilty!
KIM: Sexy, creative, successful, healthy, happy, guy. Let’s give that a shot! With lovely hands, long fingers, and a very feminine stance. A beautiful boy.
LADYASLAN: What is one work of art you wish you had produced, and why?
KIM: Anything Mai Ja, Saccstry, or Chris Mars ….yes, that Chris Mars of the Replacements, has done. I am so envious of their amazing, artistic talents. Chris Mars did my poetry book cover. I feel so blessed to have had him capture the perfect vibe of my work.
LADYASLAN: Do you have an existing website or blog? If so, please provide.
KIM: I sure do! And links to my books! My novel can be purchased for 99 cents at Amazon and my poetry book can be found there for 99 cents, as well.