medha sharma: in conversation
MEDHA SHARMA: I am a 20 y/o writer, based in India. My art is an extension of my passion for truth, vulnerability, authenticity, and healing.
WHAT INSPIRED ONE OF YOUR POEMS?
'a poem about you' came from a place of grieving while still trying to show up for myself. it is about a lost opportunity in love. about how sometimes the pain is the only intimacy we have left with a person. but the hurting made me realize that in the end, it is always your own love that saves you.
WHAT IS AN OBSCURE THING YOU FIND INTERESTING ABOUT THE WORLD?
it’s interesting to see how our relationships shift as we shift within ourselves. everything just adjusts and adapts to wherever we are always.
WHAT ODD, FUNNY OR INTERESTING FACT CAN YOU SHARE ABOUT YOUR WRITING HABITS OR PROCESS?
i think i was born a curious and reflective person. i love exploring emotions, pains and triggers. and so the content of my poems comes from my experience. i feel like i'm able to create better either when i'm really ecstatic or when i'm really hurting. there have been times when i wasn't able to write for weeks. and there have been some particular days when i just couldn't stop writing for a couple hours at a stretch. although such occasions have been pretty rare. but that's what i love about art. i believe all art is born from the extremes of emotions. it's a gift. it's like magic to me.
HOW IMPORTANT IS LANGUAGE AND/OR WORD CHOICE TO YOUR WRITING?
i think language becomes important when you're developing the manner in which you choose to deliver your experience. when it comes to the structure of my poems, i like to keep my word choice simple. what's more important for me is the vibration in which i'm creating.
ARE THERE ANY THEMES OR REOCCURRING THREADS THAT YOU TRY TO EXPLORE IN YOUR WRITING?
i love telling stories with my art. ever since i was a kid, i have always fostered a safe space for writing. when i look back on my creative journey, the core of it has always been about love. i really like to explore themes such as vulnerability, pain, forgiveness and self-love.
IS THERE SOMETHING YOU FIND PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT ABOUT THE WRITING PROCESS?
the most difficult and challenging part for me is having to reminiscence over a traumatic experience from the past and to re-live it all over again in the process of penning it down. the ache and discomfort of approaching that pain again is such a struggle.
WHAT OTHER ART FORM [IF ANY] INFLUENCES OR INFORMS YOUR WRITING? E.G. FILM, MUSIC, PAINTING / VISUAL ART…
i'm greatly inspired by things that move me. it could be anything from a deep conversation to a film or a song. anything that ignites feeling.
WHAT'S AN UNDERRATED OR (LITTLE RECOGNIZED) BOOK YOU LOVE?
i find the candid tone of nayyirah waheed's ‘salt' very inspiring and poignant. one thing i really admire about her work is that her insights are often universal. she does a great job at transporting others into her world. another underrated book that i loved reading is 'we should all be feminists' by chimamanda ngozi adichie. her writing style is so genuine and intricate.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST RECENT WORK AND WHERE CAN READERS FIND IT?
[aaftab (n). sun]
we sit together in the
balcony of your apartment
and watch the sunset
your face under the soft glow
of the golden hour with all the
gold melting in your hair
warm and haze like
you reach out for my hands
and i get helpless
under their heat
the sun paints your face
in hues of orange and pink
and you paint me in colors they
don't even have names for yet.
You can find my work on instagram: @aperpetualparadox
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Author: Medha Sharma
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