Q&A with Poet Zaira Pirzada
Q: What was the first poem that you have written and published?
The first poem that I ever wrote was when I was in elementary school.
The only time I ever published anything (my poetry collection, Qurbaan) was with Lucid House Publishing.
Q: When did you get started as a writer?
I started writing about anything and everything in elementary school. My writing was either an unstructured stream of consciousness, or some kind of autobiographical fiction. Poetry grew naturally from this time.
Q: What are the pros of working as a poet?
There are no cons as I do not subsist off of my art. Many artists live for and love their art, but find it complicated to make a living from it. Unfotunately, we live in an economy that values art and devalues the artist.
The pros of being a poet are many. For me, it’s all of my love made form. What better pro than that?
Q: Did you always want to write?
Yes. I always needed to write. Want is too weak a desire when it comes to my relationship with writing.
Q: How many more books do you have planned for 2022?
I am working on one collection, Fanaa. I hope to release this in 2022, but I will not be disappointed if this doesn’t happen. I am giving my art its space to breathe into its rightful form.
Q: What three words would you use to describe your writing style?
Explorative, Honest, Strong.
Q: Tell us, readers, about your book, Qurbaan: A Poet’s Liberation.
Qurbaan: A Poet’s Liberation is a collection of poems about love, longing, loss, and my becoming in America. There are some poems that speak to my journey through amorous love, and some others that speak to my anger/pain associated with all kinds of loss. In some of my poems, I explore social/economic issues in the United States and my perspective on them, and in some others, I try to navigate the reader through my confusion associated with understanding my identity. Everyone has felt these emotions in some way, and at some point in their lives. I hope that every reader can feel my heart in theirs, if even through a single stanza.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing. Never stop writing. There is no good/bad writing when it comes from the heart. Just write and you will always find your way home, to yourself.
Q: What themes can readers find in your latest release, Qurbaan: A Poet’s Liberation?
There are many themes: political, social, romance, love, loss, anger, coming of age, perseverance…
Some poems marry themes, others focus on just one theme. For those themes I haven’t listed, I am sure the reader will find.
Q: Where can readers find you and your book online?
Readers can find my book on virutally any American independent bookseller site!