Through the Eyes of a Poet series #9
Through the Eyes of a Poet series by Christina M. Ward
Featured Poet: Ashwini N. Dodani
Objective: To encourage people to broaden their reading interests through poetry, support the poetry community, and introduce you to poets and their personal stories.
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In the name of art or otherwise,
the need to understand emergency
of survival, existence and empathy,
we must unite, we must unitefrom For Peace by Ashwini N. Dodani
About a year ago I began sharing my work on a platform called Medium.com. It didn’t take me long to start meeting other poets and building a beautiful community of poets and writers. I began a group on Facebook to support these poets from the Medium platform and it gained quickly in popularity.
It wasn’t long after I began running the group that I was approached via message from some guy named Ashwini, who was very excited about the group and wanted to be an admin so that he could help run the group.
I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical. I didn’t really know this guy and I also didn’t really know what I was doing running a Facebook group for the first time. I took a chance and said yes.
I have to say, it has been a huge blessing in my life to work with this fine young man. I am so grateful for his sweet spirit! And today, I am going to share with you a little bit about my friend Ashwini and his poetic works.
Ashwini is originally from Ahmedabad, India but has lived in Mumbai for the past 7 years. What a wonderfully small world to have brought us together through poetry. I am grateful to have the honor of working with this emotional, kind, helpful poet, who spends a lot of his time simply trying to uplift other people and make the world around him a better place. He does a lot of this through his writing and his poetry but he also leaves lovely comments for other people and encourages other writers around him on a regular basis.
Ashwini has been a blogger for 10 years and has transitioned from blogging into also writing poetry which is now his passion. He is the author of Savoir Faire: Do the WRITE thing (which is fantastic–I have the eBook copy).
Aside from his published poetry collection and his work on Medium (for the past 5 years), Ashwini has been interviewed on various websites like Writer’s Melon, Vowelor, and Lettrs. On Medium he is a writer for 40+ publications with some big names like The Start Up, The Writing Co-operative, P.S I Love You, Be Yourself, Invisible Illness, and Lit Up to name a few. Ashwini also runs his own publication titled From The Poet’s Heart (a home to 120+ writers and 800+ followers). He’s also written for Huffington Post India.
Ashwini’s personal blog was named in the Top 10 Indian Poetry Blogs – 2018 (Bonus App) and Top 16 Poetry Blogs in India – 2015 (Baggout). He has also been named in the Top 100 Digital Marketing Influencers – 2019 (Browser Media using Buzz Sumo). He also maintains a big influence on his TikTok profile where one of his videos recently reached viral viewership with 22K likes! TikTok video on Palindrome.
I am excited to bring you the interview with Ashwini on his work, what inspires him, and his thoughts on the genre of poetry. Please enjoy this poetry spotlight on Ashwini Dodani.
Tell me about your writing process with regards to writing poetry, specifically.
My writing process has been very simple. Whatever I observe and experience, I feel inspired from, I write about it. It can be as abstract as writing about a pair of glasses or dustbin to writing the most sensual sexual poetry, it depends on the imagination, need and mind. The creative process is simple for me, something that I feel when it needs to be more than just in my mind and heart, it reaches the paper/blog.
Tell me about one of your poems that is very special to you, and why.
It’s very difficult to find one poem that is special because I might have written hundreds – long and short. However, whenever I am asked, this special poem always comes in handy. It was also the last poem in my published poetry book. The reason why it is special is because I tried and wore shoes of another gender and looked from their eyes how the world might feel. I will leave it at that.
That Beautiful Kohl Eyed Girl
Every morning I dress my self with a smile,
That little tinge of make up all the while,
To make my self more confident,
I wear the attitude in my eyes..
The walk of my life I don’t want to show,
The beauty of inside, that ignored glow,
Today I chose to be happy over others,
For more I live, the more granted I become for thee..
If only you can see the darkness behind my Kohl,
If only you could listen the sob in the shoes sole,
If only my accessories define you my pain,
You wouldn’t have asked me to wear those all again..
Again a new day, Again that new fay,
Again I believe that sunshine would be mine,
But the night has to come to cover me with the dark
Today don’t judge me with maidenhead broken apart..
What you see is what I have chosen to show you,
What you listen to is what I have chosen again,
When I shed my tears, the world has a different universe,
And then they say what’s the reason of Apocalypse?
Keep in mind next time you see a beautiful young lass,
It’s an option over choice to look like that,
If she could cover the misery so easily,
She could have remain in white for the rest of her Life.
If you had a piece of advice for other poets, what would that be?
Do not hesitate in making writing mistakes.
Do not get bogged down by constructive criticism.
The more you give, the more you might not get, but relationships over anything.
Make friends. Make poet friends.
What would you say to people who may not consider poetry to be “their thing?”
It’s okay. Your life, your choice. I’d simply ask you to taste it once when you feel life is nothing but a box of bees. 😉
One last question, do you define your poetry or does your poetry define you? Why?
We both are good friends. Sometimes I do, sometimes it does. We’d rather move beyond definitions.
Because, we don’t restrict each other. We are here to love, laugh and rejoice in good words, imagination, experiences and empathy.
I thank Ashwini for sharing a bit of his work with us. Keep writing, my friend.
If you (dear reader) would like to follow Ashwini’s work, or just reach out to him in support, here are the links for his work and social media:
Thank you for reading about this featured poet. I invite you to include poetry in your reading and give this genre a chance to enrich your life. I will be featuring poets on my blog (Author Website), in my newsletter (Author Newsletter), and on my Medium platform (Fiddleheads & Floss Poetry). I welcome you to read about these poets, support them, and perhaps find a poet that brings something very meaningful to your life.