Poetry as Inspiration with Mhari Grace

Written by Ndemazea Fonkem and Danielle Irene

Published Aug. 17, 2018

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Known by her Instagram followers as @graciepoetry_, Mhari Grace has been an avid writer since she was nine years old. From fiction to nonfiction, Grace wrote about whatever she could in whatever genre she could find until November of 2016. That’s when she found something different: poetry. Every day since then, she has written a piece every single day.

 

Before Grace can even begin to think about how poetry shapes her, she first has to think about how to shape her poetry. When Grace is in the process of writing, she first looks for a muse, which usually takes the form of a fresh playlist or an enticing art piece. If a good tune provokes a certain emotion out of her, Grace strives to immortalize that feeling on paper. (Or on Instagram.) This creative process allows for the raw version of the author’s personality to come through the words stored from that moment.

 

The moments she’s captured can be read through in her first poetry anthology,  Lavender and Other Field Flowers. The book “is a compilation of work discussing themes related to femininity, childhood, and self-image.” Each poem focuses on identity and the struggles of growing up while reconnecting with one’s younger self. “The identity of each poem is significant as it allows the reader to connect with me, and maybe connect with a piece of themselves that they have lost.” explained Grace. “I’d say it’s central to my work.”

 

It’s been over two years since Grace began a full-time poet, and in this time, she has found that art of any kind is a continuous process. Any development of style and skill cannot be seen as a regret.

 

At the end of the day, there’s a certain quotation that holds large influence over Grace. It’s not a quote from John Keats or Walt Whitman, but from psychotherapist Piero Ferrucci: “Eliminate something superfluous from your life. Break a habit. Do something that makes you feel insecure.”

 

To read the rest of our exclusive interview with Mhari Grace, get your print or digital copy of issue three today!

 

Stay up to date with her through her Instagram.

 

See the rest of the articles from issue three here

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