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'A bit of a bisexual'

13 February 2012

'I think the short story's a bit of a bisexual - it takes from prose what's great about prose, the wide-angle lens and the interest in psychology and character. And then it takes from poetry the distillation of language and the complete ease at using metaphors and images and motifs. And also a love of the spoken voice and a concern about voice and rhythm, and those moments of crisis in which characters are caught, just like poems about people which explore crises, moments of deep meaning in one way or another.'

Jackie Kay in The Poetry Paper