Meet the brilliant and hilarious Seema

Seema is a Muslim daughter who likes watching Food Network shows with her sisters and feeling a sense of accomplishment after returning things to stores. She constantly thinks about how her future Wikipedia page entry will come across. She also has a tendency to not finish thin


What was your entrance into writing poetry and what made you want to stay?

I was one of those people who hated poetry with a passion. In school, we’d read e.e. cummings and I would just get so frustrated at how much guessing we all had to do to “get it” and how we were taught that there was always a right answer as to what the poem was about. Then I remember listening to this video, I think it was William Carlos Williams who basically said that poems a lot of the time don’t make sense, but that they are meant to be read aloud and felt more than anything. Ever since then, I loved poetry and saw the whole genre in a different way. The poems I love communicate something that typically can’t be explained, but somehow the poet would find just the right string of words to pull at your heart strings. It’s so hard to do a human experience justice with language, but poetry can do that.

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(Seema is one of our performers at “Volume: Sisters Make Noise” happening on May 25th! Don’t miss out! Reserve your tickets HERE)