I am presently working on a chapbook of poems accompanied by some black and white illustrations from Ruha Fifita. Working title The Dreamers.
This work is inspired by poems I exhibited during the Illumine Exhibition.
Some of the poems reflect my spiritual upbringing as a Baha’i and depict stories from Baha’i history.
I have spent some time inviting friends of different religious and spiritual backgrounds to respond to these works, and thank them for their input into being beta readers for the poems. They have asked some beautiful questions that have assisted me in the process of poetry as building a bridge of understanding.
I read some of them at the Ink of Light Festival as well.
I was very keen to work with someone who has a diverse background, and for Ruha to give a visual contemporary Pacific feel to this work.
We don’t have an exact publication date yet, but will let you know once it is more planned.
Absolutely love collaborating with my creative friends and enjoyed working with Ruha last year.
The work has already passed the Baha’i Review process, but just working out the best format and platforms for publishing and distribution of the work.