So, I actually went and did something semi-professional for you guys – I conducted my first ever interview, mind you, with a poet. And he’s a real person, and he writes poems, and I have been following him on Instagram for a while now because they also happen to be really good. And in a world of Instagram, and shitty posts, this counts for a lot. He also has 10K followers, so that’s a celebrity yall.
This was conducted via Instagram messenger, and might have been the world’s first ever Instagram interview. So, casually making history. Just saying. Also, this won’t be my usual nonsense rambling, and we’ll talk about some serious topics. Put your smart cap on.
INTO THE SILENCE
WE CAN SEE A TRILLION STARS FROM HERE
IF IT WASN’T FOR THE CITY
AND THE LIGHTS
BUT WE’VE TALKED ABOUT ALL THAT BEFORE.
IT’S TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
IF I REALLY WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
MORE VOICES TELLING US WHAT TO DO
THEY SAY IT’S
SO MUCH TALK OF LIFE
SO MUCH EMPTY TALK
NO WHERE TO GO FROM HERE
THEY’VE MADE SURE OF THAT.
ME: So how long ago did this start, were you always jotting something down? Or some event triggered this?
MN: Well. When I was a kid I always toyed around with writing. I wanted to write stories about heroes saving the world. It wasn’t until I got out of a relationship that I started. One sec…I still have the word document that I wrote my first thing on. I’ll get you the exact date, haha.
ME: Nice, are you a programmer in real life by any chance?
MN: No, not at all. How come you ask?
ME: IT people, they like to be exact.
MN: Artists can be exact too. It’s just their interpretation of what exact is. Me…I just happened to remember I have the file is all 🙂 . August 19, 2011. I was 21. And a few weeks before I broke up with a girl. Well, she broke up with me. Always get cheated on…always get left ya know?
ME: Got that much from your poems.
MN: So I started writing. Part trying to get her back. Part trying to show her off. Then it grew. I wanted to get models and be famous. Then I realized writers don’t get money or models lol.
ME: You’re sort of famous, 10K followers. Does it feel like fame?
MN: No, not really. 10k followers…how many reach out to me? Barely any at all. So then I started to write for something else. Give people an idea that they can get out, you know? To see everyone get out of whatever it is that’s holding them down.
ME: What is your definition of getting out? Is there a specific moment you’re picturing that for you would mean ‘ok, I’ve made it’?
MN: No, it’s a struggle that will never leave me. And I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Being unhappy I mean. It pushes you to do things that try and make you better. And I think if people knew that more…not to be afraid of the darkness. They can do really amazing things. Me…I started writing and people seem to like the things I put together.
ME: Because they’re honest. I find it people like that stuff no matter how raw or disturbing sometimes.
MN: But even the fact of where I’m born or how my name is weird…that’s enough to keep me going forever cause that’s all beyond me.
ME: If I remember correctly originally you’re from the Middle East?
MN: Mhmm. Iraq, born in Baghdad.
ME: I have to ask. Are you a terrorist?
MN: Lol no. I’m trying to reach people though poetry. People who join these terrorists. I thought being Iraqi was a curse once. But I’m starting to think its put me in a unique position. I look European, my religion is catholic, but I’m from the heart of the Middle East. I can reach out to the whole world if I get to that point. Maybe all the kids joining gangs too…terrorist groups…shooting up school. Whatever it is. I guess deep down I never got over trying to be a hero.
ME: Maybe you already are to someone who reads your poems, but is too shy to actually reach out. About religion. Do you believe in God? Or what is your stance on spirituality?
MN: I’m not always sure what I believe in. I think the whole question is a bit silly, so I’ve been an agnostic in the later parts of my life. I think we can’t ever know if there is a god or not, and both people who say they know are really living in a state of faith. Which is fine, but I don’t think it’s important. It’s the actions of a person that makes them, not necessarily their beliefs.
ME: So, your gift of writing: curse or blessing?
MN: Gift. I’d have killed myself if I wasn’t writing. And I mean that literally.
ME: Would you say it comes from God, genetics, some higher power, aliens, or just a coincidence?
MN: A random series of events.
ME : Humanity: inherently good or bad?
MN: No clue. If you get 100 people in the room and start drawing lines you’ll find people will have different views of when it’s ok to kill. From not at all, to the most extreme.
ME: Got it, we’re all a mix of good and bad and it’s the choices that we make in life.
ME: Favorite author?
MN: I have 3. Murakami is my most favourite though…him and Bukowski. Murakami got me into writing. Bukowski got me to be honest with myself. And Nabokov got me to write about things I was afraid of.
ME: Love Bukowski. Find what you love and let it kill you.
ME: Anything you want to share that people might not know about you. Like you play video games, or you binge watch Netflix, or you like superman underwear?
MN: I’m a nerd at heart. I like video games and comic books, and I can probably argue about the history of too many fictional universes.
ME: Favorite curse word?
MN: Fuck. Isn’t it everyone’s? Most fun to say and do lol.
ME: True. The ultimate heavy weight.
ME: OK, and my last questions would be: did you enjoy this interview I didn’t even prepare for?
MN: lol yes
So there you have some deep topic discussion that two people randomly put together for you. While being sober I might add. And also dressed. We joked with MN that technically since it’s a virtual interview either one of us could be naked. I was dressed, not sure about MN. So, find him on Instagram MearonNaman and ask about his current clothes situation, and read more of his poems. And if his poems speak to you – reach out. Especially, if you’re a model.