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quarkspajamas  asked:

I just finished your poetry collection, and I'm so awed. Your writing style is just magnificent and I enjoyed everything about it. Who are your inspirations?

ahhh thank you so much 🙇🏾‍♀️ if you don’t mind i wanted to publish this ask just to like. put it out there™ but my inspirations (which aren’t just poets bc i’m a writer of both prose and poetry) are:

• Rowan Ricardo Phillips
•Warsan Shire
•Toni Morrison
•Margaret Atwood
•Djuna Barnes
•Rupi Kaur (i’d be lying if i didn’t add her here)
•Zora Neale Hurston
•Ralph Ellison
•Jean Toomer
•Tennessee Williams
• Ishmael Reed

i list ppl like Langston Hughes, Phillis Wheatley, and Maya Angelou as inspirations as well but i’m admittedly not the biggest fan of their writing styles. they inspired me bc of who they were and what they wrote, but not necessarily how they wrote it (though Hughes had some BOMB essays).

but my biggest inspiration would honestly have to be my family? just the way they talk abt themselves, nature, and experiences is always so poetic and lovely and deeply southern a lot of the times and it really keeps me writing! thanks for asking you’re such an angel 💕