Author: Jesmyn Ward
I'm a failed poet. Reading poetry helps me to see the world differently, and I try to infuse my prose with figurative language, which goes against the trend in fiction.
At one time, when I was eight years old, my mother and father, my brother and my sisters - we had to move back in with my grandmother, and there were 13 of us living in one house.
History and socio-economic inequality and all those things had, like, borne down upon my family and my community and really sort of narrowed our choices.