As a child, I have always found myself drawn to words. What I like about words is their power to bring life to the matter, their ability to conjure one’s imagination—uninhibited as they are. At 17, I handwrote the first chapter of my book, which dissolved into the mountain air with the dearth of oxygen. I have written flash fiction and poetry since then. The pandemic stricken self-journey encouraged me to reflect, write, and share my work with the literary world. Hence, here I am.
My work is an exploration of family relationships, race, class, hierarchy, gender, music, and art. The writers who inspire me the most are Ocean Voung, Yaa Gyasi, Ada Limon, Tony Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Markus Zusak, Warsan Shire, Richard Siken, Anthony Doerr, David Mitchell, Arundhati Roy, and Jhumpa Lahiri.
*watch this space*
Photograph gallery by Paul Sayed on 'Cat in the Church'. The poem & art are currently exhibited at the Somerville Media Center, MA.
Previously, this poem was exhibited as a part of Through These Realities at Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA.
Cat in the Church - Spry Literary Journal (forthcoming)
'Reflection', is a rendition of Van Gogh's Starry Night on a vintage record as a reflection of memories and pandemic. Medium: Acrylic on vinyl. 2021