If you had to write anything other than poetry, what would it be?
Novels. Writing novels was my original love, and I still hope to do so. In general, I can finish writing a single poem faster than an entire narrative book!
What books do you come back to over and over again?
All. If I read something once, I tend to read it at least three times. There are some to whom I return for the trade that they can teach me. For example, âAmerican Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,â by Terrance Hayes, is a master class in the form; I’ll reread âWade in the Water,â by Tracy K. Smith, when I need a lesson in how to structure poems on the page; and I’ll reread Carol Ann Duffy’s âThe World’s Wifeâ when I need to get into the poetic mind of a silenced character.
What genres do you particularly like to read? And what do you avoid?
I love myself a little bit of fantasy – world building? Yes please. I’m too weak to read horror, although I’ve been pleasantly surprised by thrillers like “My Sister, the Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
Do you consider certain books to be guilty pleasures?
Not really. Maybe young adult novels, although I don’t see it as culpable but underestimated. I love novels for young adults. It’s just a shame that for a very long time they weren’t considered great literary works, which they can and are. I think we see this among the likes of “The Hate U Give”, “The Giver” etc.
What’s the last book you read that made you laugh?
Every time I read the Percy Jackson series, I burst my stomach.
The last book you read that made you cry?
“A Promise to Remember: The Names Project Book of Letters.” “
The last book you read that infuriated you?
âZong! Â», By Mr. NourbeSe Philip.
How do you organize your books?