on the couch I’ve never had an­other job.


Grow­ing up, I wanted to be … a writer. I’ve never had an­other job. My most trea­sured pos­ses­sion is … pho­to­graphs of loved ones. My favourite smell is … clean linen. The word that best de­scribes me is … em­path. A book I couldn’t put down was … Krik? Krak ! by [ Haitian-Amer­i­can au­thor] Ed­widge Dan­ti­cat. A song that gives me goose­bumps is … Vi­brate by Ru­fus Wain­wright. A poem that res­onates with me is … For Este­fani Lora, Third Grade, Who Made Me A Card by Amer­i­can poet Aracelis Gir­may. The ques­tion I’m most of­ten asked is … How are you? I re­lax by … watch­ing movies in a warm bath­tub. If life were a poem, one that would most closely mir­ror mine would be … The Quiet World by Amer­i­can Jef­frey McDaniel. The per­son I most ad­mire is … prob­a­bly strug­gling with self-loathing too. Five years from now I hope to … be more com­fort­able in my body. The point of life is … some­thing that even in the end we prob­a­bly could not know. Shire, 26, lives in Lon­don. She is this year’s Arts Queens­land Poet in Res­i­dence, head­lines the Queens­land Po­etry Fes­ti­val to­day and to­mor­row (www.queens­land­po­et­ryfes­ti­val.com) and per­forms at the Bris­bane Writ­ers Fes­ti­val on Fri­day (bwf.org.au).

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