Barbara Kingsolver’s books of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction are widely translated and have won numerous literary awards, including the UK’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, awarded to The Lacuna (Faber, 2010). Flight Behaviour (Faber, 2013) was also shortlisted. She is the founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, and in 2000 was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the US’s highest honour for service through the arts. These poems are extracted from How to Fly (Faber, 2020).
‘A poem is a unicycle’
InterviewIN LATE 2020, Barbara Kingsolver published How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons), her first poetry collection in almost twenty years. Many of these poems operate as spare and elegant suggestions for navigating the various ruptures, changes, remakings...
PoetryHow to have a child Begin on the day you decide you are fit to carry on. Begin with a quailing heart for here you stand on the fault line. Begin if you can at the beginning. Begin with your mother, with her grandfather, the ones before him. Think of...