Can you introduce yourself?
I go by the name Aladea, I’m an 18 year-old girl from the Middle East, will study psychology next year, and I try to give the least information about me because what matters to me is the words that people will read, not who writes them.
Why and how did you start writing poetry?
From a very young age, I fell in love with books. Whenever I felt lonely, words would embrace me, and as I read, all my negative thoughts would fade. It’s like words painted so many images in my mind, and made me forget the bitter taste of reality. And as I grew older, I discovered writing styles that involved metaphors and fell in love with these. Then, I started to create them myself; my poetry consists of beautiful words and beautiful images. I started writing when I was 17; I first wrote a book - which now lies in my room - and then I dove into poetry. I found myself there, stayed there. Poetry can touch the soul and ease the mind; it’s what it’s here for.
What is it like to be a poet?
Being a poet is magnificent; and it’s exquisite when you hear people’s thoughts about your work. The fact that what you create can make someone’s day better or change their life for the better is mind blowing. Being a poet is all about aiming for your pain to ease all while easing someone else’s. It’s losing yourself in the words for someone else to find themselves. It’s a gift that not everybody has. Anyone can be a poet, but not anyone could touch others through phrases.
Is your poetry a way to connect with people or simply to express your emotions?
My poetry is a way to connect with people because nothing makes us feel better more than knowing others have gone through what we have gone through, others have been through wars and carried the same weapons as we did, and some may even have the scars that we have. People love the things they can relate to. It may sound weird, but most of the time, when I’m writing, words come to me, I’m not expressing my own pain. Other times, I bleed on paper.
Do you think poetry is still relevant today?
Thanks to astonishing poets like Nayyirah Waheed, RupI Kaur, Pierre Jeanty, and other modern poets, poetry is relevant today. They have crafted it and built it out of ashes. I respect the elder poets, and old poetry, but it’s no longer what we need today. Modern poetry is simple, and it doesn’t have to have rules; it has to make you feel. These people have revolutionized poetry, and they’re a huge inspiration.
Can you tell us more about your book?
I have studied every single aspect of my book; and every aspect of it contains a lot of depth from the title to the last page. It’s a book that deals with heartbreak, love, society and a mix of feelings we all go through today. My main goal was people finding themselves in the pages. I have chosen this color because aesthetics are very important today, the cover in itself sends a message, and a lot of other aspects I have explained myself in the book.
Which challenge did you need to face in order to produce your book?
The hardest challenge was getting people to buy it. The mistake I made was publishing a book before having a wide audience. It’s a bit harder to reach people today when you’re an unknown self-published poet. I believe a lot of talented poets have stopped writing either because their books haven’t sold or because they’ve been turned down by huge publishing houses.
If you had a piece of advice to give to someone who wants to start a project, what would it be?
Before starting a project, breathe. You should know what you’re doing, and why you’re doing it, and whom you’re doing it for. And don’t rush, take all the time you need, study all the aspects to dodge mistakes, and trust in yourself. Your time will come.