A CONVERSATION BETWEEN POETS UMAR ABUBAKAR SIDI AND DAMI AJAYI Disenfranchising the Poet UMAR SIDI: Throughout history, across cultures, the poet is held with a certain esteemed reverence. He is […]
Konya Shamsrumi: What is the process of writing a poem like for you? Is it a lot of hard work or easy? Chika Jones: Sometimes it’s hard, other times it’s easy. […]
I think that there are no new stories to be told, we have heard them all in one variation or the other, but it is how we tell those stories that makes us keep reading.
Konya Shamsrumi: What is the process of writing a poem like for you? Is it a lot of hard work or easy? Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva: Writing a poem is like giving […]
Very rarely, I’ll let a poem sit and return to it weeks or months later, but this is not really my process and doesn’t often work out well for me—to write a poem, I seem to need to be in that headspace that it was first conceived…
Konya Shamsrumi: What is the process of writing a poem like for you? Is it a lot of hard work or easy? Yinka Elujoba: I like to begin my thinking […]
I write to sing, and for me, each line (by line I don’t just mean the typical line a line-break makes, but each line of a sentence fragmented by a punctuation mark) must be musically self-sufficient.
I should start by saying, I don’t think of it as ‘writing’ poetry as such, but more of ‘making.’ So the writing itself often comes out of me without too much suffering, but the making is quite an ordeal.
I like how with raw simplicity and directness, one sees how a 28-line poem covers over 500 years of history. One sees how poetry is the past, present and the future.
Words and ideas come to me easy enough, but because they come mute and tangled, I have to set them up in a cauldron, you know, and bid them speak…