1. What is your philosophy towards your poetry works?
Poetry is a landscape and our words fill in the landscape to create the scenery. Poems should always depict the nuances in words and satisfy our aesthetics.
2. What do you wish for people to take away from your poem?
Poem moves a reader, physically or emotionally to tears and may be sometimes invisible feelings sometimes. Some feelings cannot be expressed by everyone and they will be lacking in those words.But after they read a poem, they might get that unique feeling from my poems.
3. If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?
For the younger generation, becoming a journalist, poet, novelist or a writer is far away from their dreams. In an Idealistic society, becoming a writer could have been an ultimate profession. But now the younger generation is not keen taking writing as profession or passion. For a younger generation writer, my advice will be first they should become a good reader. Read as many books as you can. Then try writing. Try with simple words and concept. It could be very elementary. But start writing. Then you become your own editor. Edit it. Then forget about it for a week or two. Again, take it and review. Fine tune your writing. By doing this self-analysis, you can improve your creativity and skills. Experiences sharpen the writings. So keep looking at the people and world around you rather than looking at your handphone or computer.
4. Describe what a poem means/is to you.
A poem a home for deep feelings, stunning images, beautiful lyricism, tender reflections and sometimes bitterness. The poem allows the reader to make multiple connections between phrases and lines—reading across, down, in combination, I imagine as a reader, you have a certain amount of “freedom” in navigating the poem. The caveat is that freedom often requires more work, more self-motivation, and a certain degree of confusion. But, again, other arts or technologies seem better at those jobs—novels offer us real or imaginary worlds to explore or escape to, tweets offer us poignant epigrams, painting and design offer us eye candy, and music—well, face it, poetry has never been able to compete with that sublime combo of lyrics, instruments, and melody.
5. How does a literary success look like to you?
I am very neutral about success. Success is a very relative and deceiving word. Success doesn’t mean that you reached the peak. After reaching the peak, what next? Sometimes, it does give me a recognition from a stranger’s eyes. Then I will think that I made my day. Happiness and success are not always working in combination. Ultimately, I can define success as a sweet nectar and only people around us makes the nectar to honey. So, success is not enjoyed by self and success should lead you to get recognition and that is what gives you your own sense of purpose and motivation to conquer the obstacles that are ahead.