Elmhirst, Sophie, New Statesman (1996)
Wild is your first poetry collection in many years. Has it been brewing for a long time?
It's been long in the cooking, for sure. I began my writing life as a poet, so poetry has always been fundamental. I evolved from poetry to journalism to stories to novels. But poetry was always there. I take volumes of poetry very seriously. The first one, An African Elegy, coalesced around the themes of modern Africa, the artist, political points. This one, I've been gathering for some time. Some of the poems were there; others took years, sometimes just straightening out one line.
Is the architecture of a collection important?
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Publication information: Article title: Ben Okri. Contributors: Elmhirst, Sophie - Author. Magazine title: New Statesman (1996). Volume: 141. Issue: 5099 Publication date: April 2, 2012. Page number: 41. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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