Sehaj Kaur Bhatia is a fourteen-year-old girl with extraordinary dreams. Her book ‘From Poems to Perspectives’ is an enchanting compilation of poems encompassing diverse topics from all across the globe. The poems hover around surprising aspects of various human experiences and opinions through the years – both recent and past. The poem Who tells us? is a national award-winning poem for 2022 and holds a special place in the hearts of both the poetess and the readers. In our interview with the author, we will talk about her writing journey…
How do you feel about being called a poet? What is your favourite part of writing poetry?
To be called a poet is a great feeling, especially at my age.
My favourite part of poetry is the ‘end of a poem’. It has to be impactful, as one of my English teachers taught me – the first impression is the last and everlasting. Till the reader switches to the next page, one should be thinking about what they just read, and the thought must remain in the mind and heart.
Poetry has the power to capture and communicate a message like no other form of art. It is a very powerful medium for divergent voices to speak and for others to listen to those voices. Poetry can heal and say it all.
How many hours a day do you spend writing?
I am not a regular writer, but when I write, I spend the entire day. It usually takes me 3 to 4 minutes to write a poem (on average), which is productive.
How impactful can poetry be?
Poetry can stop wars, bring back smiles, be forgiving, and be truly unforgettable. Read the last poem in my book ‘A poem would do’ to know more.
Do you like to mention facts about life in your poetry?
Not always, but sometimes it’s good you know your poet. Poetry can be a powerful teaching tool, helping one improve their literacy. My poem ‘Art’ is one such poem.
What is the most crucial part of your writing process?
The most crucial part is delivery. If one doesn’t possess good communication or speaking skills, they would never be able to convey or sell their poetry. It should come from deep within the heart.
Which part of your book was most painful to write?
The most painful part was writing ‘At homes.’ It was the longest time I took for the poem, not because of the content, but because I couldn’t find a rhyming word for ‘off’ to fit in the context.
Do you think your poems could change the human perspective towards life?
It should! I have tried to add differing and conflicting perspectives, relating to all! It will widen our perspective and helps us connect with parts of ourselves and others.
Who can be a good poet, according to you?
Anyone at any age who has a good command over grammar, who is confident of what he writes, ensuring meaningful and relatable content, can become a poet. Whether it is a hobby or profession, one must try creative writing to unlock the hidden poet/writer inside them. Maybe you have a brilliant one in there! All the best 👍🏻