Photo by Carrie Mae Weems (part of the Kitchen Table Series)

Christmas came early in 2018 when I was shortlisted for the White Review Poetry Prize, one of only 8 people that made it that far. As part of that privilege, my poem Locating Strong Woman I was published by the White Review. That poem is an ekphrastic piece inspired by the picture above. In the end, another deserving poet took the prize on 6th December but this is only half the story. For me, it was the beginning of something brilliant I couldn’t articulate and a lesson to find joy in the little moments and guard it jealously over the constant chaos and busy that my current life seems to be.