Would you please introduce yourself to the readers?
i am Ismail , human , citizen of the world and somali ! . Professionally a doc . I don't remember my last address and the place I was born at doesn't remember me as I was a wondering stranger for ages now lol
When did you first start writing poetry and was there any particular incidents in your life that inspired you to write?
nothing in particular ! I just saw myself writing some stuff that most of the time doesn't make sense lol . we all have ideas to write . Sometimes we chain it to paper and sometimes it evaporates into the wide universe !
What does "being creative" mean to you?
being creative is believing u r sane when other don't .believing that u r capable when others don't . Ability to see the beauty of things and the opportunity behind hardships. But hey it is ok if we don't feel creative sometimes in a capitalist world selling us phony dreams and redefining our values in a ridiculous way ! . If u feel creative all the time u r an alien looool
What do you try to communicate with your poetry?
myself , community and believes !
what do you do when you go into a dry spell of some sort or how do you write another piece when you have been away from it for some time?
i just write when I feel like it . I am just an amateur , no publishers , no deadline and paycheck lool but the sea is my sanctuary !
Do you sit and think through every word of every stanza or do you just write freely and allow the words to flow?
just let it flow and let those ideas and words take me ! But of course I read it again to make sure I didn't go wild lool
Who are some of your favorite poets?
ahamd matar , mahmoud darwiish ,al baarodi , hafiz ibrahim , pablo nureda ,langston hughes , billy collins and many others
What advice do you have for aspiring poets? Any word of advice for closet poets?
I am not good in giving advice so I just say "WRITE ANYTHING" I hope one day our country will enjoy peace and we all live. There !
Anything else you would like to share?
most of the the TNP participates are wonderful and I like them