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“This actually did happen to a real person, and the real person was me. I had gone to catch a train. This was April 1976, in Cambridge, U.K. I was a bit early for the train. I’d gotten the time of the train wrong.
“In order to rise
From its own ashes
Happy 38th Birthday to novelist, essayist, and short-story author Zadie Smith, who has moved and inspired so many with her words.
Octavia Butler: "I’m comfortably asocial — a hermit in the middle of a large city, a pessimist if I’m not careful, a feminist, a Black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty and drive."
Zadie Smith | ph. Andrew Stinson
“You can’t be an artist unless you’re able to give yourself permission to take up space.”
Out of a total of 655 entries, Shire was shortlisted along with six other African up-and-coming poets.
The 24-year-old Kenyan born, England-raised poet has read her work globally, and her poetry pamphlet Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth was published in 2011 by flipped eye.
The judges praised Warsan’s poetry for its combination of substance, beauty and drama. Her work was described as “…beautifully crafted, subtle and understated in its use of language and metaphor yet still able to evoke a strong sense of mood and place that touches the reader.”
“I’ve never been to Somalia, and I’m Somali. So the poems for me are a way of creating a connection to a country I’ve never been to. I don’t know how it feels to belong, or to be home or anything like that,” - Shire
“Words are to be taken seriously. I try to take seriously acts of language. Words set things in motion. I’ve seen them doing it. Words set up atmospheres, electrical fields, charges. I’ve felt them doing it. Words conjure. I try not to be careless about what I utter, write, sing. I’m careful about what I give voice to.”
Toni Cade Bambara, “What It Is I Think I’m Doing Anyhow,” from the Janet Sternbergh-edited “The Writer on Her Work,” published by Norton in 1980.
I added the publication information and a link to the page on Google books. I think it is important for us to source quotes, particularly by writers like Bambara who have set such goodness in motion, so that there work can be more seriously engaged by interested people. -jalylah