The Poetry School interviews Katrina Naomi

16 May 2016 - 11:32am

The Poetry School interviews Katrina Naomi

16 May 2016 - 11:32am

“I think the main thing for me is if you’re going to write about violence, do it well. Let us smell it, taste it.”

Read Katrina Naomi’s interview with Ali Lewis of The Poetry School, where she discusses violence, ‘the gentility bind’ and her new poetry collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me.

Katrina also talks about her upcoming one-day workshop with The Poetry School, “The Bloodjet: Violence in Poetry”, in which she will teach how to harness violence in your writing.

The Way the Crocodile Taught Me is a collection richly bound up with violence, as Katrina explains:
“The collection has two main concerns regarding violence – violence in the family (specifically from my step-father) and violence on the street (specifically sexual violence). People seem to have picked up on the ‘Willpower’ poem, I’m glad about that, it was quite a tough one to write and also I’ve had a lot of positive feedback on the title poem, which responds to being playful about sex and relationships after an attempted rape.  It’s probably my most personal set of poems to date. It’s interesting, other people have picked up on the humour in the book. While I knew the collection would have an undertow of violence, it has a lighter side too.”

Read the interview, and buy the book.