Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Elizabeth Ross : part two

How did you first engage with poetry?

I was peripherally engaged with poetry as a kid, at church, following services in the Book of Common Prayer. I also got pretty into Anne of Green Gables, so that led to “The Lady of Shalott,” which I dorkily recited, Anne style. And my dad, who was an English teacher, recited poetry all the time. But I didn’t think about poetry being something I, or anyone who was alive, really, could possibly write; then I won a winter reading contest in grade seven and the prize was Lorna Crozier’s Inventing the Hawk. I promptly starting writing really terrible but earnest stuff.

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