with Raymond Antrobus
The last thing that made you smile
In BSL (British Sign Language) class my teacher taught us about affirmation and negation, saying, in sign, if you are crying and someone asks you, “Are you crying?” you must answer with a smile and nod to affirm, yes I am crying.
You have no idea how often I turn off my hearing aids and zone out at bad parties and poetry readings.
The last thing you wrote
I’m four drafts deep on a new Sestina poem. I’m kind of obsessed with repetition right now so I’m taking on forms that use it. I have no idea if my Sestina works yet but I have some readings this week to test it on an audience. Hopefully no one turns off their hearing aids.
Your favourite city
Maybe Cape Town or Lisbon.
What you’d place in a time capsule
My father’s rice and peas with Akee and Saltfish and a letter my grandmother wrote about how it feels to be young.