Ugandan Mable Amuron is a 20 something millennial, born in a country that holds the title, “Pearl of Africa”. She is a firm believer in Christ and pan Africanist who also happens to be a reading junkie, wordsmith with a penchant for colourful socks and flavoured tea. She believes in magic, love and the beauty of all around us and one day hopes to find the fountain of youth. At university, she studied Petroleum Geosciences and Production, but found her calling in creating worlds and painting pictures through words.
“Interestingly, my need to create sprung from a dissatisfaction with the way some stories I was reading were written. So I would rewrite these stories to satisfy my ideas on how the stories should be structured.” – Mable Amuron
I should say something like, reading Shakespeare’s sonnets is what inspired me to take up poetry. That would make me somewhat sophisticated, right? No, nothing that awesome unfortunately. Poetry was actually part of our study of the English language.
I remember the first poem I ever wrote. Like all poetry in primary school at the time, my first poem went something like,
Corruption corruption corruption
Why are you so bad
In my defense I was 7. But even back then I was fascinated by the way someone could use rhyme and rhythm to create a musical picture (if this is a thing) and evoke strong emotions of happiness, sadness, love, melancholy, envy.
I have seen myself growing in leaps and bounds since my disastrous start (the adults thought it was cute) to the point that I’m being interviewed by someone I admire!
Your poetry is:
Does the answer “from the heart” count? But if we were to really classify what I put to paper, then it would be Free Verse.
In a perfect world what emotions does your writing summon in your audience:
According to Britannica, poetry is defined as literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of an experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.
Writing, poetry, it’s all a means of communication. With poetry, I communicate what’s on my heart, be it elation, sadness, love, hope. It’s more than just words, you see, it’s the emotion, the imagination it evokes. My humble hope is that the emotion I feel when I’m writing, is the emotion my reader will also feel. And that the reader’s’ imagination is sparked so they don’t just see the words, they live the words, they’re immersed in this world.
Also my reader will see some part of themselves reflected in the words I smith.
What are some of the hardships poets encounter that you have encountered on your journey as a poet:
Self Esteem. As creatives, we tend to survive on self criticism, nothing we create is ever really good enough. We are our own worst critics. This, by far, is my biggest challenge.
The other is a variation of the first one, belief in self. Belief in my writing abilities. I sometimes think I’m an imposter.
Have you mastered/ overpowered them:
I’ll let you know when I overcome them.
How true is the notion that poetry excludes most people in your experience:
This is unfortunately and sadly true. Poetry is viewed as an elitist thing, for the select few who ‘get it’. I know a lot of people who feel like it is an exclusive club they can’t get into.
Which poets have had bearing on your poetical journey:
My biggest influences are: Rupi Kaur (The Sun and All Her Flowers, Milk and Honey), Pierre Alex Jeanty(Her, Her II, To All The Women I’ve Loved Before), Upile Chisala(Soft Magic, Nectar), Nayyirah Waheed(Salt), Ijeoma Umebinyuo(Questions For Ada), R.H Sin (Whisky, Words and a Shovel), Rudy Francisco(Helium) and Jade Novelist. These contemporary poets have breathed beauty into poetry, making it relatable, speaking deep truths and evoking emotions. I remember actually tearing up while reading some of these books.
Do you tend to incline to certain writing styles:
I don’t know that I do. I just write.
What do you think can be done to make poetry mainstream in Uganda and Africa:
In Uganda, I think it has actually gone mainstream. With the number of poetry clubs and poets that are well known and poetry shows around town. The one club that started it all, the Lantern Meet of Poets.
If asked to give a poetic interpretation of Uganda what would it be:
A contradiction of words
Beauty with a stain
and yet not
Light and dark
teeming with potential
Prosperity, a mirage just yonder
Yet rich beyond words
a contradiction of words
Summarise Mable in a word:
Any parting nuggets:
First words, no last words
Small words, no big words
A few lines
A world created.
Find Mable Amuron on social media:
@Mablees for Twitter
@mableamuron for Instagram.
http://mablesrants.wordpress.com for her blog
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