Bomi Njoloza is a poet’s poet. Her attention to words and form, her keen eye and sensibility, her focus on the discipline, the craft moves the poetry beyond just expression of self and makes the poems rich.
“After pouring one’s heart out / one is left / with nothing (/ but vulnerability and recitation / of regret)
#haiku / #gogyohka / #micropoetry” ~@Bometry, 21 July
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, poetry, etc.)?
Poetry became my response to the books I was reading, to the way I view(ed) life and the living and to the African condition. It was a safe space in which I found my voice… and that is how I chose to speak.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting to know the hidden, most honest parts of me (as a reader of my own work) … But as much as this, for me, is the hardest part of writing, it is also quite fulfilling.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing about being an author is the ability to create. You create a character, decide what music she listens to, give her all your experiences, fears and victories, and let her teach you the lessons you otherwise would have never learnt. The beauty of it is that you can carry her to the lives (or should I say book shelves?) of others to speak and teach there too.
What are you working on now?
Two things: my one woman show – The Colour Of Love and my 2nd poetry anthology.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Keep writing… but please read more that you write… and do your research more than you do the first two.
If you are writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
If I was writing one right now it would be called “why I nervously smiled at you” … but when I finally get to writing it will probably be called something like “yes, I messed up – beeeeeg time!” Ok, seriously, it would be called “The Circumcised Man” or “Mother of Abandoned Children”