Poornima Laxmeshwar interviews Jhilmil Breckenridge on Reclamation Song and more in Cafe Dissensus Everyday:
PL: Do you think that all your personal betrayals, hardships have sharpened your perspective and made you a better poet?
Jhilmil: In one word, yes! Pain transforms a person and some people just wilt or go under, but some shine. In my case, I used pain as sandpaper on my soul – perhaps a curiosity to see what was under all the layers of pain, betrayal, abandonment, emotional and physical. But I would not wish these personal betrayals and hardships on anyone else just to become a better poet. There must be easier ways! And in my own case also, I sometimes yearn to be weak, to be looked after, but then laugh it off because I do not have an option but to be the way I am.
Read the full interview A conversation with poet and activist, Jhilmil Breckenridge in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.