Dáe by Nahomie Prophete


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What prompted you to begin writing poetry?
I started writing as a kid. I would write my own short stories and radio skits over a toy recorder. As I got older, writing stayed with me as a cathartic tool for my thoughts and experiences. But I think it wouldn't be until my adult life that I'd pursue it again in full. I've been writing since 2013.

Why is poetry important to you?
Writing is a form of communication with self, for me. It allows me to shut the world off and only see, hear myself. I believe everyone should experience that level of intimacy with themselves.

How does a poem begin for you? What is your writing process?
All of my writings come from my feelings and experiences. I sometimes can't find it in me to write arbitrarily unless I've felt it before. I need to have a way to identify with it honestly, or else I can't put it down.

What memorable responses have you had about your writing?
They're always filled with love so it's really hard to differentiate one from the other. I feel like I'm hearing them for the first time most times. I'm usually so caught up in my own world when it comes to my writing that I forget how others can take in the work.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Do it for yourself, everyone else comes second. Your voice is the most important aspect of your writing, as trends and expectations will fluctuate. Be your biggest fan and most understanding critic.

What are you reading right now?
James Baldwin’s Another Country and Delicia Rashad's O’Sugar Honey Iced Tea