In conversation with blogger and poet Yuimi Vashum
Yuimi Vashum is a blogger whose political posts often create discomfort among readers who do not adhere to her thoughts. She has a Master degree in Mass Communication and has worked for half a decade in Delhi. Her first poetry chapbook titled, ‘Love, Lust and Loyalty’ was launched in International Literature and Arts Festival: Valley of Words at Dehradun, the first of its kind. The book was received with great appreciation from renowned writers and readers alike. This exclusive interview was carried out after her first informal poetry reading session at her residence at Malviya Nagar, New Delhi by Ayangti Longkumer for The Morung Express.
When did you realise you are a poet?
It was during my Bachelor’s degree final semester in Stella Maris College that my professors asked me to submit a poem for department magazine, something to do with our political scenario. I came up with a poorly written verse. I was surprised that it was well-received and that was when I decided to dive in a little more on the poet side of me.
Tell us what influenced this book?
This book, in a way, is dark because I wrote most of it when my emotions were overwhelming and almost drove me into depression. The poems in the book are experiential and confessional, and are influenced by what I went through in my growing years, as a victim of sexual abuse, witness of physical abuse and, of course, love.
Would you narrate the various themes covered in this book?
I believe, resilience, strength, forgiveness and love are the recurrent themes covered in the poems. Although the poems are personalised, they are written to reflect the strength and resilience that any victim of abuse carry within themselves. The book also emphasizes on the power of forgiveness. A large portion of the book talks about relationships too.
Would you please tell us about your process, how do you write, pen, pencil, notebooks or computer?
Before I get to putting down the poems physical/digital, I normally write and edit poems in the head. Then once I have a direction of them (where the ‘EUREKA’ moment happens anytime anywhere) I write it down on whatever I can get my hands on. For me, it’s mostly pen/pencil & notebook which later gets refined on Google Documents.
What do you want the readers to know about you?
That I am here 24×7 to connect to anyone who have been through difficult phase in life like I have, let us fight the good fight together.
What’s the best advice you would give to the young upcoming poets?
Don’t focus on techniques, rhymes or verses. Just stick to feelings and free verses because once you get into the technicality of a poem, you lose the connectivity with your potential readers. Don’t tell stories with expensive words picked from dictionaries, tell us your everyday stories and feelings from the easiest and simplest of words. Social media is still a tool for us to create a readership so be sure to be on Instagram, Blogs, twitters. Always edit and re-edit your works, you’ll be surprised at how improved it gets.
Finally, where would one get a copy of your book?
As of now, it’s not on sale online yet but you can drop me your order in my email so I can have it arranged somehow.