World Poetry Day 2022 Special talk with Poet Monalisa Parida
World Poetry Day is celebrated on 21 March, and was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999, “with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.News Kashmir’s Rameez Makhdoomi talks to well known young women poet of India Monalisa Parida on eve of World Poetry Day 2022.
Excerpts :Q.1 Your journey as poet ?Ans:- As a toddler, heard mother’s lullabies. As a child heard grandmother’s reading Puranas Shashtras (mythological ).As a student heard class room rhymes. As a girl heard film songs. All these musical notes had a profound feeling in me to know the real meaning.Q.2 Your favourite poet ?Ans:- William Wordsworth, John Donne, William Blake. Q.3 Your message on world poet day ?Ans:- Let the world feel as light and free like a song which has no boundaries. Let the songs bring solace to mothers, sisters, daughters, lovers who lose their sons, brothers, fathers & beloved ones in these merciless wars.
Q.4 What is your favourite poem of your own?Ans:- UNCLASSIFIED PAST O’Love! Wait a while Now, I am a lioness in a birdcage A bird in the depths of an ocean I am powerful and free But I am not Where I should be.
I am trapped, Here in the box of lost memories Waiting for you To come and claim me as yours. I am battered and wounded From the unclassified past. Rooted and thrashed out into the barren land. But the root still finds soil In your love.
O’Love! Spare me some time I will fight And I will definitely win And rebound to you. I know, I have a long way to go But I get intoxicated with the fragrance of your love. And I vow this time I will be the cedar To touch the sky of love.Q.5 What are your future plans?Ans:- Let there be heart to heart intermingling of all friends, foes, brothers at war and sisters quarrelling to come together to have a world like: “Life is a song, sing it”.Q.6 How do you see role of women in poetry ?Ans:- Women the epitome of love, solace, empathy, care, grace and ability to bear labour pains have the true role to give a motherly, sisterly, loverly, daughterly goodness to all human beings as well as to flora, fauna, natural resources and environment.