Nico Tortorella is spreading ‘self-love’ with his new poetry book All of It Is You

I never worked on something that I had to dedicate a lot of time to every single day. I want to talk about the title — it’s such a simple phrase and according to your introduction the “greatest title of all time.” What is it that makes it such a great title? There’s a space between those two that I really like to live in. I’d like to think that the way it is read and spoken it is very much so alike in the way that it is written. If anyone that picks up this book can fall in love with themselves a little bit more then my job here is done. When I sat down to write this book, that’s just what came out of me. That’s what this whole book is about: celebrating yourself and who you are and what you do, no matter how flawed or incredible. But there is a small part of me that is nervous, because it’s a freaking book! Or is it all yours?Actually, one of my childhood friends, Andy Pomykalski, we are up just blocks away from each other. It naturally flowed out of me; I wasn’t attached to the outcome as much as I was attached to the process and I knew where I was starting with “Sperm” and ending in the cosmos with UFOs and aliens. We hadn’t talked in a little bit and he was here in New York when I was putting the audiobook together. Nico Tortorella is re-introducing himself. What inspired you to write a poetry book?NICO TORTORELLA: I mean, what didn’t? I just have to remind myself that this book isn’t necessarily for them, but for me; this book is about everybody for everybody and if somebody has something negative to say about the language or the way that it is written, or not written perfectly — f— you, I don’t have time for that. To me, the audiobook is a living breathing piece that represents a moment in time and  live on forever somewhere, hopefully. I had a podcast and that’s when I really started diving into spoken word and writing. We’ve been working together since. Were you afraid of sharing this side of you with the world, since you’ve never written a book before — let alone a poetry book?I still am nervous. Safe to say, it’s an ambitious and idiosyncratic undertaking. For the book launch party I’m going to be doing some music with the poems. If I was going to put out a poetry book there was no way I was going to let anybody else read it. That would be an easier thing to answer. Is it perfect? Why was it important for you to craft it that way?I didn’t really have a choice. I’ve done a lot of spoken word and looping with different effects. You say in the intro that you hope this book is transformative for those who read it — how did it transform you to write this book?I mean, it still is. With All of It Is You, his debut poetry collection, the Younger actor is offering an exploration of “all of it,” from the smallest cells in our bodies to the outer limits of our universe. And check out the audiobook narrated by Tortorella himself here. I just wanted to put out something that people can hold. Hopefully I can take it on the road someday, but every time I pick up the book and start reading a poem I get taken to a new place with it. All of It Is You is out April 17; you can pre-order it here. No, absolutely not, but for me that’s the journey and the process. You wrote the entire book in 45 days — tell me about the writing process.It was all about dedication. That’s home to me. It was written as a journey from the seed to the big seed and I just kind of blasted off. There are little nuggets, pieces of gold throughout the entire book, that even I am still learning from every single day. Those are the three sections of the world that we live in, that just made sense. Writing poetry has to channel some sort of inspiration and to make that inspiration work is definitely a really interesting experience. I get to give a piece of my soul out to the world that I can’t even explain, but I can paint the picture with words and sound. The music that you pair with some of the poems, did you collaborate with someone on it? It is a reminder that we are everything and everything that exists is us, is you. It was a no-brainer from the second I started listening to his music, it worked perfectly. Is that why the book is split into three sections: body, earth, and universe?Yeah, but I can’t give you a definitive answer as to why it is split like that. It is authentic and it lives in the moment. There’s something so much more special that exists in this book, direct from source alchemy that is present in every page that far transcends any of that. I more or less just journaled for a month-and-a-half all day, every day. It’s all worth celebrating, because all of it is you — that’s all. He represents a piece of home to me and that’s what this book is. That’s what they do, that’s their job, especially with poetry right now. That’s what I wanted to create, at the end of the day the entire world, everything that we see, we feel, every other person that exists, buildings, countries — for me I’m coming from this place that none of it would exist without you. There’s a space between the speed with which my mind thinks and my mouth speaks. I wrote five to seven pieces a day and if I missed a day I would be behind and I would have to catch up. I listened to the audiobook — which is a whole production and experience in itself. What do you want readers to take away from All of It Is You?It is self-love really. My greatest insecurity has always been my own intelligence and also my own vocabulary. It all starts with us, we live on this planet and this planet is floating through space — and that’s all we know so far. The book is divided into three sections: the first features poems named after body parts, the second after elements relating to Earth, and the third expanding to the outer reaches of the universe. I mean, we all have ideas of why we’re here. Tortorella spoke with EW about All of It Is You, sharing details on his inspiration, writing a book in 45 days, and the message of ‘self-love’ he hopes to share with readers. It’s about celebrating our homes, our bodies, souls, and minds. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The collection itself is such an experience when reading — and listening to it. Religion and spiritual has given us practice and storytelling, so this was just my own whack at it. I had a terrible stutter when I was growing up — I don’t think I’ve ever said that before — but anyway I’m really insecure in the way that I speak on things. It is the definition of the oneness, the fact that the entire book is written in second person and it is reading to the reader itself — there’s no other way of saying it. Read on below. Just the world around us really, I think that everything that’s happening right now, we’re living in such a trying, wild time and everything is so external all the time, there’s information to be taken from everywhere and I think that right now we should all take a little bit of time to look inward and try to connect with this oneness that’s really the vibrant force that connects us all. I’m very much so inspired by Ram Dass and when he put out Be Here Now, I would like to think that his mantra inspired this mantra. I knew that I wanted some sort of ethereal sound and I reached out to him. If you weren’t here none of it would exist, and that’s the idea that links us all in such a beautiful important way that we all just need to be reminded of right now. I’m most nervous for the academic, the poetry world, the lit folks to get their hands on this book and attempt to tear it apart.

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