Bianca Shipton interview
Bianca Shipton lives in Sydney. She has one collection of poems called ‘I AM TRYING TO DESTROY SOMETHING’ and another called ＼＼\ ٩(`(エ)´ )و //／／ which roughly translates to 'Bear Punching A Hole Through The Sun’ Here are some poems by her that were published in Pop Serial 4. You can talk to her on facebook.
How did you get started writing/reading poetry?
I think i was writing poems before i had read any voluntarily/outside of school. i remember being in primary school and mum proud that a teacher was excited about an owl poem i wrote. i was confused because it was a poem with 5 lines and v little feeling.
i read a lot of fantasy novels so when i did writing in class i wanted to create something escapist like that. i’d write too many pages and miss the due date while other kids could sort their shit out in a few paragraphs (just like this impending 5 page response to yr question haha). anyway, yeah, the poems i read were the ones you find in the middle of books like Lord Of The Rings or Enid Blyton. i rewrote a Lord of the Rings poem- the 'all that is gold does not glitter’ one - and thinking about it i still feel like the embarrassed dorky kid that wrote it but heavier.
so all through high school and ever since
there have been bits of paper with messy writing scrawled over them & scattered around my room
it looks mental& scary like something u would expect from a serial killer and i dont let ppl in my room haha.
my writing comes from a selfish place. i do it to empty myself out and find some clarity
so it can be hard to decide whether it is worthwhile for others to read.
ultimately poetry/writing can make a connection that is difficult to achieve in everyday interactions and i appreciate the ability to feel other ppl thru their writing. so i try to get brave and share sometimes