8 Questions with Romalyn Ante

Romalyn Ante is a poet based in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Her debut collection is Antiemetic for Homesickness.


Which talent would you most like to have?



What is your most treasured possession?



What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness is not perfect for me. Perfect happiness occurs when I learn to minimise the flaws and magnify joy, whether that means sharing a bowl of noodles with the people I love despite the world's worries, or finding a nugget of gold in a trashy draft.


What is your motto?

When the world becomes 'too much', I often repeat what one of my favourite Anime characters once said: 'Give up on trying to make me give up.' (Naruto)


How would you like to die?

When I'm old in my sleep, beside my husband, whilst my (future) children are with the people they love.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

I don't want to think of that because once I'm dead, it would not matter to me whatever I come back as. My present self would not know that.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Orderliness. An Indian yogi once said: 'In a madhouse, only the doctor looks crazy.'


What is your current state of mind?

Orderly. Hahaha.