PEACH x QM Arts Society present: Creator of the Month – Roshan Omar
We are so excited to announce our Creator of the Month initiative! Every month, we will be spotlighting creators from the QM student community across different art forms. Our first Creator’s of the Month are the brilliant runners-up of the PEACH x QM Arts Society Poetry Competition, Levey Rodrigues (she/her) and Roshan Omar (she/her)!
Scroll down to check out our interview with Roshan and to read more about her and her work!
Bio: My name is Roshan and I’m a first-year Bioengineering student. Poetry has always fascinated me, especially spoken word, with its ability to so subtly express mind-blowing thoughts ideas. For this reason, I’ve always enjoyed writing poems myself too, and one day hope to have a poem published in an anthology (or even compose my own!).
Congratulations on being chosen as one of the runners-up for the PEACH x Arts Society poetry competition and being chosen as Creator of the Month! In your bio, you state that ‘poetry has always fascinated [you], especially spoken word, with its ability to so subtly express mind-blowing thoughts [and] ideas.’ What is it about poetry that you feel allows for ‘mind-blowing’ resonance?
Thank you so much for choosing me as a runner up! It means so much to me and my confidence in my own writing.
Poetry has a unique ability to connect with the reader/listener in a very personal way. There are poems that may mean something to one person, but, because of the nature of poetry, somebody else might interpret those same words in a completely different way. That’s what I think gives it the ability to blow your mind away, because every time that poem is read – by anybody – a different meaning can be extracted in ways you’d never even imagine.
Your bio also states that you are a bioengineering student. How do you experience the coming-together of the poetic and scientific mind in your own poetry?
For me, a lot of what I write is spontaneous. Ideas that enter my head are often a direct result of what I’m thinking at the time. And being a lover of science, this means my poetry often has scientific references – be that intentional or a complete coincidence. The competition about ‘The Body’ themed poetry was the perfect opportunity for me to delve into my scientific interests and relate them to things that were on my mind when I wrote the poem.
The body – specifically, relationships between bodies – has been a common theme throughout poetic history. Your poem explores the contradictory nuances of individuality, using biology as a metaphor for the difficult relationship between individuality and community. This resonates potently considering the presence of the pandemic and the effect the pandemic has had on the concept of community. Do you find that this shift in our relationship to both ourselves as individuals and ourselves as part of a community has affected your writing? How so?
This year has been different to others in that we saw the breaking down of the physical interactions we often took for granted. Yet in the middle of the distancing and isolation, we somehow came closer together: showing gratitude for the workers who silently keep our world moving, uniting against injustice in some of history’s biggest protests, and, perhaps most importantly, strengthening the bond with our family that had been weakening for far too long.
The irony of our situation has intrigued me all year, and as I mentioned earlier, it is these events around me that manifest without choice into my writing. When I first saw this competition, I already knew what I was going to write about, as (and 2020 has made this evident now more than ever) the global society we live in is, just like our body, full of so many flaws and inconsistencies that seem to the very things pushing us forward.
Finally, you state that one of your future goals for your writing is to be published. Where would you love to see your writing go beyond where it is now? This can be answered in regard to both career or publishing trajectories or/as well as style and personal development.
At the moment, most of my writing is just done as a hobby and, although I love it, I have never considered making it a profession. But at the same time, I’ve never pushed that idea away. As I continue to write, I am improving and slowly finding my own unique style, taking inspiration from other great poets and writers that I follow. I hope to one day have a poem of mine published in an anthology, or even publish an entire anthology of my own. In terms of career, my plan is to go where life takes me; my love for both science and literature means I will be content with whatever path I choose to take. But I know that whatever happens, writing will never become something of the past.
Read Roshan’s competition submission here:
By Roshan Omar