Dean Atta is one of my favourite poets, and one whose work has been commissioned by esteemed organisations throughout the UK, including the Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and Tate Modern. His work is so deeply rooted in his experience as a gay Black man and through it, he tussles with, or extols the virtues of, what it means to live and love and survive while Black.
Throughout our conversation, we cover mental and emotional health, our often regrettable behaviour on datings apps, what death taught him about living his own life more fully, and how he’s learned to love himself — that most Herculean of feats for so many of us.
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