“bring your quiet nights” is a poetry collection exploring life’s extraordinary joys, dismal lows and the quirks and confusion in between. It is broken into three district phases of life:
🌌Part 1 – All the things they don’t warn you about.
🌌Part 2 – They say what doesn’t kill you makes you feel like dying.
🌌Part 3 – There is light, and when you find it, don’t let go.
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Hello there, Nadia! I’m excited to chat with you about your debut poetry book, “bring your quiet nights.” First thing’s first: I’d love to discuss what your inspiration for this collection of poems was.
I wrote the poems through my twenties – I had a lot of quiet nights alone not knowing what to do with how I felt. I know that for me and a lot of other people, it’s a confusing age – figuring out what you want to do with yourself, falling in love, having your heart torn out for the first time. It’s also a time where a lot of us face death for the first time, in friends or in family – and muddles the ideas we have about life even more.
Absolutely. Our twenties are quite a challenging yet transformative period of our lives. What got you into the written word and when did this avid interest come about?
In college I took a poetry writing class on a whim and discovered how terrible my poetry was. I started writing poetry seriously after that – about ten years ago now – to learn how to better turn feelings into words.
I love how a poetry class taken a whim has culminated into you writing more poetry and ultimately putting together this wonderful book of poems. If there’s a key takeaway from your book, what would it be?
“bring your quiet nights” is really about processing those early, formative years – sometimes years after the fact.
Mentally processing our lives and poetry really do go hand-in-hand. Who is your main writing influence if you had to pick?
Charles Bukowski inspired me that it was OK to write poetry and fiction without any flowery-ness. His writing has a grittiness that I really appreciate, but he can also make you crack a smile.
“bring your quiet nights” is really about processing those early, formative years.
I love Bukowski for that very reason! One more question: What does a typical writing session look like for you?
An idea for a poem more or less floats into my head – usually when I’m at work or on the bus, or some other inopportune moment. Sometimes it’s just a line and I know I need to write it down and come back to it later. Then when I have some time, I just sit with it and see what it turns into.
That’s the way to do it. Well, Nadia, thank you very much for having this interview with me! I really enjoyed speaking with you. 🌝
Nadia K. Grant is an American writer, poet, and known “hopeful romantic” to her friends. She published her first poetry anthology “bring your quiet nights” in June 2018. Her debut novel “Love and Blackmail” will be released in July 2018.