Q & A Segment with Naa Dromor, Author, Battered by Life

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Welcome to today’s edition of #twitter Chats with Earnest Writes.


As you already know it, today our guest is Ofori Anastasia [@NaaDromor4.]

 

We will be having chats with her ahead of her book launch tomorrow.

Follow the thread and get to know more! 🔥🔥 https://t.co/SAu78MwTqq

 


Q & A segment with Naa Dromor, author, Battered by Life

Q.
Introduce yourself in 2-3 sentences.

A.
Ofori Anastasia is my name but I use Naa dromor for my writeups. I am a lover of poetry and a final year student of Accra technical university studying bilingual secretaryship and management studies. I act as an editor for campus360 and a campus head for my school.

Q.
When did you start writing and what do you think attracted you to poetry?

A.
I got into writing in the tertiary, that is where I took it very seriously. Also, http://campus360gh.com was my push to write. My attraction to poetry was the way some poets dances with their words. It intrigued me. An example: his lips tasted like daisies. Wow.

Q.
How does a poem begin for you, with an idea, a form or an image?

A.
My poems are significantly based on inspiration. Although I can get the idea, at times, images pop up as well.

Q.
Does the length of a poem matter in terms of giving out the essence of a poem?

A.
The length of a poem to me doesn’t really matter. The point of the poem is that others can relate to it. So if it is short or long, as long as it speaking the message you want, it fine.

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Q.
What’s the basic theme upon which your poetries are based? I mean to say though we write poetries on different topics, there are certain themes or emotions that always get reflected in each and every poem of a poet. What’s that for you?

A.
Wow, my poems are often based on sadness, hurt. It doesn’t mean I can’t write happy poems, but I relate more to sadness and hurt and pain.

Q.
How do you think you’ve evolved as a writer over the years?

A.
Wow, I would say I am still on a journey, I have become better with the help of my mentors especially #alphawrites. I want to become even better

Q.
We were really interested in your poems in your new book, “Battered by Life”. How did you come about those poems and the title for the book in general? What message were you putting out there?

A.
I wanted to write something on life, its ups and downs, blending it with a little bit of culture. With the title, it was derived from all the poems since it spoke on how life is, how you should know people can disappoint you in one way or the other

Q.
What should lovers of #poetry expect with your new book?

A.
Lovers of poetry should expect to be blown away by the themes in the book. It talks about hurt, hardships, lie etc

Q.
Do you think poetry has a purpose? Is there something particular that good poetry ought to do?

A.
Poetry has a purpose. Poetry delves into religion, politics, name it. Poetry is doing good oo, I learnt poetry in shs named ambassadors of poverty. That poem has all the components you can think so. It helped us to know how corrupt society was. Poetry enlightens us.

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Q.
Which poets or poems most inspire you? Whose work would you recommend with regard to contemporary poetry? What are you reading at the moment?

A.
First @let_alpha_write, this man is my first and always will. He inspires me. I call him Papa. He is amazing and great. #lamer #InkMaster these two also. Then Khan, Rubia, Zoe, #davidnelly. These are some. Their poems inspire me.
I am reading lachrymose by #letalphawrites and sorrows night songs by #lamer

Q.
Can you give any advice to someone wanting to write and publish poetry?

A.
Wow!
My first advice is havethe zeal to write it.
Secondly, Have the right mentors to encourage you all the way as mine did.
Thirdly, It isn’t an easy journey but with the right people to support you. You will get there. It still amazes me that I have a book.

Q.
Any last words?

A.
My mentor told me something and I repeat: you have now started on this journey, you will be disappointed on the way but always know that you tried. So don’t give up, never, you will feel down but you will make it”

Additional Questions
Q.
1. Do you intend to take poetry as a hobby or do you intend to monetize it?
2. Do you see yourself drifting to a different theme for your poems in future?
3. Do you think you’d drop poetry along the line?
4. Is this your new book free?

A.
1. Poetry will always be my favourite. For monetizing it, yes, when the time comes for another anthology
2. Drifting to a different theme in the future, I can’t say for sure but it can happen as long as I am a poet.
3. I won’t drop poetry, never.
4. Yes, the book is free on the site.

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Interview by Boakye D. Alpha (@let_alpha_write)

Compiled by EuphoriaWrites