|Staying Fit: the Poems--Published by FSG|
GP: Your new book of poems is entitled Staying Fit.
JT: Actually, the book is called JOHN TRAVOLTA Staying Fit: the Poems. Yes.
GP: Who, in your opinion, is the fittest, most buff poet who ever lived?
JT: I'd say TS Eliot.
|TSE--doing a set of "pronated cane-press-downs"|
GP: How would you describe the poems of Staying Fit.
JT: I've been asked that many times--conceptual-physical, I guess.
GP: Last night, at your reading, an audience member asked you to read your poem "Modern Dance is Macho" in the character of Vinny Barbarino but you refused--why?
JT: Here's a line from one of Angie Dickinson's poems, "Freeze, buster, you're under arrest--by poetry." Look, this is poetry we're talking about and I take it seriously and I want the audience to take it seriously, too.
GP: What is your definition of poetry?
JT: I like what Barry Gibb said, "Poetry is the disco ball of the arts."
GP:What are your hopes for this unusual book Staying Alive?
JT: Why would you say "unusual"?
GP: Well, in part, because you appear on the cover in your tight workout clothes. That's not usual.
JT: Are you familiar with Suzanne Somers' book Fast & Easy?
|SS' Fast & Easy--published by Knopf|
GP: Thank you.
|JT performing "Metonymy"|