A Ten Question Interview With The Artist… Chumki Sharma

Your One Phone Call

Why do you write?

I write to leave a legacy. My insignificance in the universe is strangely offensive to me. The fact that every morning I am a day closer to death and with me, everything I love will die too wounds me. Poetry is my war against mortality.

What books do you read?

I read a lot of fiction-thrillers and drama. Ancient history fascinates me too. Rarely poetry.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by life and the business of living. Pulling it apart at the seams and seeing what’s inside. Like an archaeologist digging for clues. I look underneath the surface of what is seen, to find the places that are not seen but felt.
The creative process itself brings me to a place of being totally present and that process itself is inspiring. Just the act of looking through the viewfinder of poetry slows me down and…

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