‘The Poem is a Gun Too’ Dami Ajayi’s First Draft

Poet and author of A Woman’s Body is a Country, Dami Ajayi, wants you to keep writing. ‘That is the only meaningful advice really. Every other thing, you will learn on the blank page, the writer’s place.’ Our questions are italicized.  What books or kinds of books did you read growing up? I grew up reading pretty much anything I could lay my hands on. I finished the Holy Bible at least twice. Read tattered copies of my mother’s reading list at college. Thomas Hardy’s Tess o

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