Monday, 31 May 2021

Jean Marc Ah-Sen : part two

How did you first engage with poetry?

I went to visit my family in Africa and found all of my cousins’ dog-eared school books from the seventies and eighties. I have thirteen aunts and uncles on my dad’s side, so there was quite a collection of these imposing, dusty hardbacks. The education system there was structured differently, and had a European flavour to it. I found the material to be quite challenging. I took some poetry books back with me and read them on the plane ride home. I started with a compendium of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poems. It was the perfect introduction for someone of my sensibilities. 

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