Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo is one of the well-known poetess from Philippines. She was the one who introduced me to the enthusiastic group of people, poets and authors under the flagship called Indies In Action [IIA]. I’m privileged to work in the capacity of a co-editor along with Elizabeth towards Magnitude – The Awakening Of Nepal, a global charitable anthology aimed to help the survivors of the recent earthquake in Nepal. Working with the poetess has been fun and satisfying, and here are her answers to the questions that would probe her take on poetry.
Kiriti: Say a word that best describes poetry. If you ask me the same, I’ll say “profound.”
Elizabeth: Poetry for me is “emotion.” Poetry is emotion in motion. The raging emotions of the poet are the catalyst for the essence and depth of his composition.
Kiriti: Name three poems (among the submissions) that you found better and more intriguing than the rest. Please explain.
Elizabeth: 1. One of the most captivating pieces submitted by contributors based on my own view is Caroline Nazareno’s (Ceri Naz) “Nexus in My Canvas.” The title itself is quite intriguing and like what I guessed, it has a hidden meaning, much more like a formula as told to me by the poet herself: “( Ne)pal x (multiplied) by Us and NEXUS is defined connected/binding all together.” The poem is full of vivid imageries and reading through the lines seem to take you to a different realm – of Nebulas in faraway galaxies, of moonless dusk, of hour glass of plains and plateaus. The last lines are my favorite: “Withstand the tears of meltdown, embrace the canopy of brand new leaves of beginning Build castles of doubtless reigns, sanctuaries of emerging cinders to tribunes of strength.” Caroline painted her rhythmic words effectively on her canvass depicting the dawning of a new day for the survivors.
- “The Corridor” composed by Maaya Dev is another piece I find striking among the other entries despite its simplicity. The poem inculcates much hope emphasizing “the invincible spirit of indomitable will.” “The Corridor” depicts a boundless space making room for unity and compassion.
- One of Sana Tamreen Mohammed’s pieces entitled “Sui Generis: The Voice” also left me stunned. It is a simple composition but yet a strong piece exuding inspiration. “The Voice” is heard from the ruins, souls reborn from the ashes, spirits soaring high. It proves that the essence and depth of a poem is not with the length but in the quality and emotion it wants to convey to the readers.