‘The moments of relief in this awful year that will stick with me are roaming around at strange hours, walking in the middle of the road.’
‘You can really feel the horses, when you’re around them, you can feel their spirit coming to life.’
‘Out of those roots, radical possibilities bloom. Future is created with each note.’
‘Non-native species have been blamed for being invasive the way that immigrants have been blamed for causing crime.’
‘The soil itself is filled with divine feminine energy. It’s alive, it’s pulsating.’
‘Some of the wisest things friends have said to me have been over text! But it’s a different kind of thinking.’
‘The way I write in general is basically just to move, in as a quiet-minded a manner as I can, toward what I feel as heat.’
An interview with the winner of the 2020 Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award.
‘The earliest life on the planet was life without air, anaerobic bacteria that slowly died off when oxygen began to pollute the atmosphere’.
‘Lines collect for years, but once in a while these lines meet up, and wink at other lines, go tangoing and make out, and a baby gets born – which is to say a stanza or if I am lucky the whole poem.’
‘I’ve been dreaming wildly in lockdown. Have you?’
‘I can’t fathom being interested in writing without the excitement of the possibility of the sentence.’
‘Things that we love, things that we hate – we need to crack it open.’
‘We all now exist as avatars, on shining tiles in these cubist landscapes’ Joanna Kavenna discusses her all-too-familiar surveillance dystopia, Zed.
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