All items: Kona Macphee

Kona Macphee considers two contrasting states of mind—in one of which the mind is wholly engaged, in the other, when it is distracted and unable to concentrate fully. Social media has exacerbated the latter of these tendencies, she argues, making it harder to focus on creative activity.

Kona Macphee speaks with James McConnachie about being an outsider, the challenges of generalism, her relish for constraints, and the transcendence to be found in the experience of creative flow.

Every writer knows the terror of Blank Page Syndrome, and writing poetry offers the ‘bleachiest’ pages of all, according to Kona MacPhee. However, the creative constraints of writing to commission, far from limiting the poet’s imagination, can be one way of setting it free.