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Spotlight On Writers

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.

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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