Hey everyone! I’m a tenth-grade poetry enthusiast, Harry Potter aficionado, and public speaking connoisseur. My poems aim to convey the profound philosophical thoughts that come to me when I’m playing a game of chess or watching an episode of the Big Bang Theory. I love experimenting with new forms and styles of poetry, so you just might find yourself improving your own repertoire of poetic formats as you browse through this blog. Thanks for reading!
My interview with Ms. Ananya, who is an up and coming poet, who happens to be a sophomore in high school in The UAE.
Now, meet Ms. Ananya.
1. What made you decide to start a poetry blog?
— Although I have always enjoyed writing poetry, I began writing in earnest in early April of this year. I was taking out poems at breakneck speed and showing them to a mentor/teacher, and after I had about 10 poems written, he recommended that I start a blog. And I think starting this blog is the best decision I’ve made all year.
I think your mentor/teacher was a genius in recommending you start a blog. I am impressed with your writing skills.
2. Why do you write in so many different poetic forms?
— I love taking the restrictions of various styles and turning them into expressions of my thoughts. Albeit I have heard that most poets choose a single format and stick to that, I think I would get bored rather quickly if I followed that path. Writing in new forms every day makes poetry an adventure just waiting to be discovered.
Exactly. doing anything the same way everytime you do that thing, no matter if writing, cooking or dancing, makes it boring.
3. Where do you find the inspiration for your poems?
— Typically, my poems spawn from the deepest thoughts that flit through my brain. When I’m stuck with writer’s block, I just close my eyes and think about what I love, what I hate… Anything I feel passionately about makes for an excellent subject for a poem.
I’ve asked many artist about there creative process. It’s always enlightening to me listening to their responses.
4. How do you like living in your country, UAE?
— The UAE is a phenomenal place to live. Being so close to Dubai, one of the most advanced places in the world, is exhilarating. I truly love this country and its rulers… The Great Sheikh Zayed is one of my absolute idols. In fact, I have even written a poem about my devotion to him, entitled ‘Ode to Sheikh Zayed’.
Here’s the Poem:
Sheikh Zayed the Great, the Brave, the Wise.
In commemoration of the 100th birthday of the UAE’s founder, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, I have written this ode to him. Hope you like it!
There hath lived no man greater
Than His Highness, the creator
Of this wondrous, marvelous land,
Upon which I now proudly stand.
With fierce willpower and resolve,
He set off to make his country evolve;
With stunning vision for His realm,
He took charge, and stood tall at the helm.
His efforts paid off, His legacy unfurled —
The greatest country in all the world;
The UAE, the product of this King,
Has bloomed like a flower in spring.
His exploits have nurtured a nation
Of souls with His determination;
My idol — A man who touched the skies —
Sheikh Zayed the Great, the Brave, the Wise.
That was a magnificent tribute to UAE’s founder, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,
5. What do you see for your future when it comes to writing?
— I will definitely continue writing poetry and posting it on my blog extremely frequently. I am also planning on getting a poetry book published with a collection of my poems in it. Sometime later, I might even take up a fantasy novel-writing project!
I honestly believe your future of writing is wide open. Poetry, fantasy novel, whatever genre you choose, you will be successful.
6. Is poetry your preferred method of expression?
— Definitely, poetry is my haven where I can let out all of my deepest thoughts without fear of retaliation. I do enjoy public speaking and debating as well, but nothing beats the magic of poetry.
I believe poets are born. Writers can be trained to write but a poet has that talent inbred. Thats my belief. I see that talent inbred in you, Ms. Ananya.
7. What do you like when it comes to fun/relaxation?
— Reading and writing poetry are my primary ways to have fun and relax, but on those days where I’m feeling particularly lazy, I love just lounging around the house and watching TV Shows. My favorite books of all time are ‘The Wrinkle in Time’ and the legendary ‘Harry Potter’ series.
We all have lazy days but for some reason I don’t see you being lazy for very long. Your mind never shuts down.
8. Right off the top of your head, a working title for your book of poetry?
— Profound Thoughts. It’s the perfect description for what the book is about. I’ve also considered a tagline, which is the same tagline as that of my blog: “A collection of poems about everything that goes through a teenager’s mind”.
I am still wrapping my comprehension around you being a teenager. Amazing.
9. Who inspires you on a daily basis?
— Oh there are several people who do so! Emma Watson, Meghan Markle, and Barack Obama are primary people who inspire me daily, but the role models that I look up to the most are actually close mentors who are only a few years older than I am.
I see you mentoring children. I see great things for you Ms. Ananya.
— I also have a question for all of you out there… Do you think it would it be a good idea for me to publish my poems as a collection in a poetry book?
M y answer to this question is…most definitely publish. And publish some more. And keep publishing. In ALL genres.
Thanks for this interview! It was tons of fun chatting with you, and I got to know myself a bit better through this process as well!
The pleasure was all mine to have this time to sit with you and listen to your thoughts and your desires on your talents. As I said, poetry and poets are not made, but created with a gift. That gift is in you Ms. Ananya. Thank you so much for your time and your answers.