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Rania M M Watts

 

  1. Where, do you hail from?

Originally I was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Palestinian parents -- currently I hail from Pickering, Ontario, Canada.

  1. What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?

I would have to say the multiculturalism -- Pickering is not exclusively this ethnicity or that we house a wonderful mélange of cultures present within out community. Which makes life more interesting in my opinion.

  1. What turns you on creatively?

I would have to say music. Music is the one constant that has stayed with me since I first began writing poetry at the age of 13. A sensational song can set the pace for any poem, I still can't decide whether it would be the lyrics or actual harmonies that effect me the most. A strong song similar to a powerful poem can make someone feel fabulous and giggly or tearful and melancholy.

  1. What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?

One of my favourite words is “otherwise” I can indeed use it in a poetic sentence but; in this instance I won't and will be more than happy to tell you why. “Otherwise” has already been used in a poem by Jane Kenyon – she does that word justice in ways that I can only imagine – in fact I've enclosed it below for you to read. You can not tell me that reading this piece doesn't move you in one way or another.

Otherwise
Jane Kenyon, 1947 - 1995

I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.

At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.

  1. What is your pet peeve?

Ignorance, Bigotry, Sexism, basically anyone who is treated inhumanely through no fault of their own.

  1. What defines Rania M M Watts? 

I would have to say raw emotion. It is what keeps me grounded and honest within my work.

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Rania M M Watts

Rania M M Watts

My name is Rania M M Watts, I am a stay-at-home mom of 4 whimsical children & wife of one brilliant & athletically inclined husband. (Oh, and, I take Pizza orders over the phone to help make ends meet) I'm looking to finally pursue my dream of being a working poet. I was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Palestinian parents in 1974. With the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975, my family emigrated to Canada when I was 2 years of age -- for a peaceful life that didn't involve bombs or explosions.

I dabble in myriad of Art mediums, however am most at home with a: pen, crayon, eyeliner, quill and any type of parchment. Always deemed a freak of nature because of my outlooks and perceptions, I've allowed my imagination to dominate my core since the age of 13 when I told my Grade 8 teacher Mr. Natale, I wanted to flee to Europe with a typewriter and create in fields of long grass... Ever since, I've been a Master Imaginarium & Oubliette Architect, there is NOTHING I can't write about!

Cement Covered Ink Quills is my brain-child blog where I relish focusing on the premise of 'The Verity of Humanity' via various Art Mediums.
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