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The poem is never complete in the mind. It emerges, and then it’s like an act of unveiling. The unveiling is the longest and most…
If you are working in an office, where do you find the time to write a novel? But you can finish a short story in…
I began my writing life as a poet, so poetry has always been fundamental. I evolved from poetry to journalism to stories to novels. But…
The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination. The greater the will, the greater the secret failure.
Reading, like writing, is a creative act. If readers only bring a narrow range of themselves to the book, then they’ll only see their narrow…
When I write a poem, I go into a state of self-forgetfulness, and something higher takes over; I like to call it my best self.
Fire is one of my temperaments. It is behind all my work… Fire is a chemical presence.
I was going to be a scientist.
I study people all the time. For some reason, we’re not very good at seeing what’s there or hearing what we’re hearing.
I know that human beings are capable of anything.
I believe in leavening. You can’t have words sticking out too much, like promontories. They disturb the density. You have to flatten them, or raise…
Artists and writers have to deal with the element that makes the real real and the dream real while you are dreaming it. That’s where…
You cannot come to a Nigerian restaurant without having pepper soup.
The acknowledged legislators of the world take the world as given. They dislike mysteries, for mysteries cannot be coded, or legislated, and wonder cannot be…
I became a sceptic of one way of seeing the world. And I think it is what started me in my awareness that any worldview…
The best writing is not about the writer, the best writing is absolutely not about the writer, it’s about us, it’s about the reader.
The strange thing about Africa is how past, present and future come together in a kind of rough jazz, if you like.
Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.
It is not important for me as a writer that you leave a piece of writing of mine with either an agreement or even a…
The worst time was 1983. Love and life and everything went wrong. I reached absolute rock bottom. I saw the Minotaur at the bottom of…
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