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).