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The Poet's Point of View: Mikko Harvey

The Poet's Point of View: Mikko Harvey


We’re back with a new edition of The Poet’s Point of View where we ask Anansi poets to recommend art, writing, music, and more to experience in tandem with their new collections.

Next up is Mikko Harvey whose hit second collection, Let the World Have You, published this past April. You may be familiar with his poem “For M” which went viral in 2022. Mikko’s first collection, Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. He has received the 2017 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award and the 2019 Salt Hill Philip Booth Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from MacDowell, the Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo. He works as a writer for an immigration law firm and currently lives in upstate New York.

Mikko Harvey, while reading your new collection of poetry, what would you recommend as…


One song or album to listen to: 

MH: The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea by The Low Anthem

One film to watch: 

MH: My Neighbor Totoro

One meal to eat:  

MH: Yogurt with BOLA granola and berries on top


One piece of art to look at: 

MH: Richard Serra’s 2000 at Dia Beacon


One place to plan to visit: 

MH: The nearest forest


One quotation to read from another writer:

MH: “Perhaps this is what we mean by sanity: that, whatever our self-admitted eccentricities might be, we are not villains of our own stories.” —Teju Cole


One question to ask yourself or a friend:

MH: Do you want some water?




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