Wombwell Rainbow Ongoing Book Interview: “Bloom” by Sarah Westcott. Question 5.


-Sarah Westcott

grew up in north Devon and lives on the edge of London. Her first pamphlet, Inklings, was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice and Slant Light (Pavilion Poetry, 2016), was highly commended in the Forward Prize. Her second collection, Bloom, also with Pavilion Poetry, was published this year. Sarah was a news journalist for twenty years and now works as a freelance tutor and writer. Work has appeared on beermats, billboards and buses, baked into sourdough bread and installed in a nature reserve, triggered by footsteps.

Q:5: What do you find it easiest to write in, first, second or third person, and why?

This completely varies with the poem. My initial freewrites are often in the first person but what a slippery creature the self is!

How can I represent ‘I’? Perhaps it can never be a whole — always a fragment, a snapshot, a metaphor. I like the directness of tone in the second person address, the intimacy of it especially in epistolary form. Sometimes I like to write through the natural world to access a first person perspective –  to sidle quietly up to it before it startles and runs away. The use of third person for me tends to tip me towards prose or short fiction. I am not sure why. Something to do with the immediacy of accessing the raw material, I think.


The best place to buy a signed copy is to contact her directly (send a DM on twitter) or email Sarah.westcott@tiscali.co.uk


More answers tomorrow.

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