only as they become necessary to me

Matthew Walsh: How does this project fit within your body of work?

Robyn Sarah: It’s funny to hear it called a project; I don’t think of my poetry collections as projects, even though our prevailing literary culture encourages poets to conceive and think of poetry books that way. I write poems only as they become necessary to me, and each is conceived as an individual work. When enough new poems have accumulated to gather into a collection, I begin assembling a manuscript and it naturally will reflect my preoccupations (conscious and unconscious) of the period in which they were written.

- Robyn Sarah, in conversation with Matthew Walsh over on the PRISM international website. You can read the whole thing here.

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