Stephen the Phlebotomist is about vampires, Jesus, and a year spent locked indoors. Written with unimaginable tenderness and humour, Lines’ poetry explores the turbulence of student life and the love it facilitates.
In this debut pamphlet, teenage trips to Claire’s Accessories are treated with same unwavering reverence as queer desire and lost crucifixes. Lines offsets the everyday with potently emotional in a meditation on mental illness, blood donation, and love. We sneak inside Lines’ heart and grow to understand her devotion to being devoted.
Photo credits to Genevieve Badia-Aylin
Nadia Lines is a 20-year-old poet living and studying in Cambridge, UK. She was a Foyle Young Poet of the year in 2019, and has won the Orwell Youth Prize and the Tower Poetry Prize. Her work has been published by The Mays Anthology, Epoque Press, The Keats-Shelley Review, Modern Poetry in Translation and perhappened, and extensively by The Young Poets Network. Nadia’s Foyle prize winning poem also features in Chris Riddell’s anthology ‘Poems to Save the World With’. She loves medieval mystery plays, instant noodles, and her dogs – Freddie and Smudge. Stephen the Phlebotomist is her debut poetry pamphlet.