“I thought that if I let anyone in, they’d find out what was broken about me. And then not only would they know, I’d know too.”
Dealing with issues of parental love (or the lack thereof), blame, homosexuality, self-loathing, love, loss, illness, trust and lies, Nightingale is somehow about nothing and everything all at once.
"I am haunted by this history but I also haunt it back."
"I was so preoccupied with the idea of losing my body, it had never occurred to me that I might lose my mind."
Poetry anthology by Sean Hewitt and one of the shortlisted books for the Young Writer's Award 2020.
“In the midst of all these haunted people, she sat alone, without a ghost yet longing for one, her writing like a clasp of fingers around empty air.”
“Can we disagree graciously I am tired of people not knowing the volume of their power.”
"You live through certain things before you understand them. You can't always take the analytical position."