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We went to York to interview Joanna Ezekiel, Creative Writing tutor (and former OCA student) in her home in York. Here we see her surrounded by the tools of her trade – a table in a window, a notebook and pencil, and a mug of tea. She talks us through the creative process of writing from inspiration to final draft and the various stages in between, and reads a selection of her poems.
Joanna’s own blog is here: http://mydelayedreactions.blogspot.co.uk/
Here is one of the moving poems Joanna reads out in the video:
The Mermaids of Atlantis Speak
Our father Neptune banged his stave three times:
the notes his throat made, long as ropes,
pulled the city under – if we’d refused,
we’d have been sent to try our luck on land.
By day, we squirm our emerald tails past
scattered bones and tumbled cooking pots.
The eyes of skulls are plankton caves.
With every hour, the pillars weep more dust.
We won’t stay here by night. We know of sharks
that trail a stench we’re scared to name.
The city swarms with echoes. Far beyond,
neon jellyfish pulse upward, searching.
published in collection, Safe Passage, 2007, White Leaf Press,
first published in Reactions 3: New Poetry, 2002, ed. Esther Morgan,
Pen&Inc, ISBN 1-902913-16-7
Also published on Medium.