Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2018 Poetry winner

I’ve never written a verse novel before
and I’ve only written novels and then I thought no when you look at what I write
it’s always about the language and the rhythms because you know my father was a
jazz musician so those rhythms are in there and I kind of think well why don’t
I write in a form that actually brings them out rather than kind of submerse it
in ordinary prose so it’s rhythmic and it’s jazz rhythms in it there’s all
kinds of different rhythms in it and even somebody said it’s like rap so I
like that idea.

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