I was thinking of doing a poem to address my sadness and depression but I have been putting it off for what two months now?
So why don’t we start from the beginning, I am sick. It’s as simple as that. The doctors don’t know what’s wrong with me which is not exactly helping me fight off my depression.
I’ve been holding in the bad thoughts for so long because I’ve got school and exams to pass.
So as you can see now is not the time to have a mental breakdown but then again when really is the right time to have a mental breakdown?
Anyway let’s move on, I’m usually great at dealing with such situations but this one has me completely floored that I don’t even know where to begin with on how to help myself.
I’ve always been great at handling my depression but this one takes the cake and I’m not sure if I will be able to survive it because no amount of positive affirmation will pull me out of this black hole.
I’m knackered from being strong all the time, even I need moments of weakness to cry but at the same time I don’t want to talk about it or anyone’s pity for I find it disgusting.
I feel as though my talent as been taken away from me for no apparent reason, well to me anyway. How am I expected to go on when I can no longer do what I was brought on this Earth to do?
So many questions and yet no answers, this is why I disappear for hours on end just so that I can wallow in self-pity just for a little while before I pull myself back up and continue this journey that is life.
In short I have decided to do a one month positivity quote post challenge on my Facebook Page and Twitter Account so that I can get my positive juices flowing, hoping that something beautiful comes out of it.
This is not a movement but a way of life, seven beautiful young women came together to celebrate poetry in Zambia and what it means to them. This is the first of many different segments that The Literature Corner will undertake in order to celebrate different aspects of literature in Zambia.
We want to introduce ourselves as the next generation of female Zambian poets ready to walk in the footsteps of those who set the pace long before us. Humbled, honoured and flattered that in the future it will be us who will usher the way for the next generation of female Zambian poets this continuing the beautiful cycle that is poetry in Zambia.
This all culminated from the brilliant mind that is Carol Tiyelesa Phiri. Five simple questions were asked and the young women answered them with open hearts and at their own accord and these were their answers:
- What are your names?
- Do you have a stage name?
- What is your occupation?
- What inspires your poetry?
- Who is your favourite poet?
- Anisa Mutale
- Yolanda 199X
- I am a clinical medicine student in my last year.
- My inspiration is God first and the happenings of today, my writing is usually based on emotion because I’d like to think we all have that.
- My favourite poet is Emily Dickinson and a little bit of E. E. Cummings.
- Carol Tiyelesa Phiri
- Funny thing about my stage name is I was listening to the BBC Radio Programme The Arts Hour where the radio presenter was talking to film directors and one of them just happened to be Zambian and she was talking about her film “I Am Not A Witch” whose trailer I watched a few weeks back on Facebook (liked and shared) and she said something about inspiring others and that is how “Inspiration 4 Amateurs” popped into my head. Though I must put in a disclaimer that I will probably change it after some time.
- Third year student at ZCAS/Founder of The Literature Corner.
- Every day interactions in my life inspire me, it is like I feed off it and I love it. But the main driving force behind my poetry is my emotions which fluctuate so drastically from time to time.
- Maya Angelou, Warsan Shire and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
- Carol Muyuni
- Stage name Linah Love
- First year student at UNZA
- My poetry is mostly imaginative or inspired by my daily interactions with people.
- My favourite poets are Maya Angelou and Sarah Kay
- Dailess Moyo
- I do have a stage name (names) which I will not disclose just yet, because I like posting incognito! I’m not yet comfortable using my actual name yet.
- I will be a teacher very soon!!!
- Life inspires my poetry, poetry is a way I deal with life from time to time, through it I can escape, through it I set myself free, I understand how I feel when I spill my guts onto sheets of paper and I read it back to myself.
- I’ve got loads of favourite poets!! Locally my favourites are Carol Tiyelesa Phiri, Kill Fundafunda and Bryan Manda and some of my favourite international poets are Upile Chisela, Type Kaur, Nikita Gill, Warsan Shire and Robert M. Drake. I’m still discovering some more though.
- Lydia Chiseche
- My penname/stage name is Chiseche
- I currently work as a banker
- A lot of things inspire me…but most of all, I found poetry as a means to cope with my depression. I was clinically depressed by my fourth year in university, and writing really helped me figure things out. All those things I didn’t know how to properly express find a way to come out on paper, it’s a bit weird.
- As for the poets/writers that inspire me… Sarah Kay, Sandra Cisneros, Carlos Andreas Gomez, Alice Walker, Malore Blackman and Rupi Kaur are a few. A. A. Milne is my absolute favourite. I started writing at such a young age thanks to his work.
- Mala Nzala Halwindi
- I haven’t gotten around to finding a stage name for myself (maybe because I have always written and never recited my poems. Yet)
- I am a medical laboratory technologist
- I am inspired by a lot of things but I think the determining one is emotions and some happenings around me.
- I honestly don’t have a favourite poet; this makes me appreciate every poet and what they bring to the table.
- Mutinta Michelle Nanchengwe
- I don’t have a stage name but I mostly go by Tinta, because when I’m being called Tinta, I’m at my realest, most raw and most vulnerable.
- At the moment I am a student, but I write part time for Vodafone Jump.
- My poetry is inspired by my day to day experiences. It tells the life of a Psycho Rag Doll (my Twitter moniker) and what she sees. They’re part angry, part love stories, part observations.
- I don’t have a favourite poet per se. I dabble in so much of it, that it’s hard to pick. My favourite poems are, however The Carrier by E. E. Cummings and Sonnet by Lachlan McKinnon.
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