I have mastered the art of saying a lot about myself without saying too much at all.
Q: Do you write poetry everyday?
A: I don’t write poetry every day, I write as issues, thoughts and feelings arise. I also write when people ask me to perform at certain functions such as raising awareness for people with disabilities, weddings and birthdays.
Q: When you write your poems, do you write them in one sitting?
A: I prefer writing them in one siting and my reason for this is because as soon as my creativity stops, so does the poem. I write within the moment often and therefore revisiting poems makes it quite difficult. There are times when I return to my poems but that is mostly when I needed to do research for the poems.
Q: What inspires you to write?
A: This might sound like a cliché but inspiration is everywhere, it’s a matter of perspective. I have written poems about the topics I can write about and it really varies. My poetry is not one dimensional , I could look at a shell and write about how some people are shells and the closer you listen to them, the more interesting sounds you’ll hear. I could write about earphones or my identity. It varies.
Q: Do you sometimes have writer’s block?
A: This happens more often than I’d like to admit. But I normally have writer’s block after experiencing something traumatic. I know it seems odd because that is when people would expect me to write about my experience. I find that I become lost in my writing and as a result, battle to overcome the trauma that I experienced.
Q: Who is your favorite poet?
Q: Do you have a favorite poem?
A: I believe because poetry is so multi-faceted that I cannot have one favorite poem. But I have poems that I revisit during specific periods in my life. In moments of hopelessness, I revisit Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise. In moments of political and identity issues, I revisit Porsha O’s Angry Black Woman and Kai Davis and Miriam Harris’ Stay Woke. In moments of needing to embrace my background and my name, I revisit Hiwot Adilow’s poem. In times of needing to embrace my freedom, I revisit Lauryn Hill’s Freedom Time. And lastly, in times of romantic hopelessness, I revisit Janette Ikz’s I will wait for you. I have only just realized that all the poems I revisit , are written by Black women.
Q: What is your favorite poem that you have written?
A: We Are Queens. It is one of those poems that I will always cherish.
Q: What has been the most difficult poem for you to write?
A: That would definitely be the poem I wrote for my grandfather after he passed away. I still have not had the courage to publish it.
Q: Are there other poems that you don’t share and why?
A: Yes there are, some poems are too personal, other poems will not be received well and others just help me get through things I’m not ready for the world to know about me.
Q: Do you ever see yourself not writing poems?
A: Then what would be the point of experiencing life, right? Poetry has carried me over so many hurdles, I cannot see myself ever letting go of my lifeline.
Feature image taken by: Farrel de la Rosa