Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Elias Baez : part five

How did you first engage with poetry?

The first time I felt a poem immediately change me was when I finished one called “Fever Dream” in 2016. I’d written poems before then, and they’re real poems, but this one affected my body. It’d been impossible to write for months before a breakup, and then a month of grief thereafter. Finally, this weird thing came out of me – I remember, it ends, ‘crystalline and pillowy, / quiet as a coral reef, / Thinking of your eyes / I ate it all’ – and suddenly I was able to get out of bed. Like I’d soft reset my imagination and so could see again. Then I knew that poetry could change things in reality, like magic, and I liked that. 

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