Is your work always autobiographical?

Much of my work has been autobiographical, and that is very interesting because it's not my Kurdish poetry, it's mostly my English poetry that's autobiographical. I think that's partly because writing in a foreign language, in a second or third or fourth language is a form of distancing, just like you need distance in time, in space to write about heavy subjects, emotional, intimate subjects, I guess writing in another language is another form of distancing, and it helps to write about personal things. But also I felt this burden of responsibility when I started reading poetry in English and when I started living in England, I realised there wasn't very much awareness for anything about Kurdish things. And I felt in some way I could do that, I could write about these things, I could make sense of this bundle of stories that nobody is quite sure what exactly it means.


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