Dee Geyrozaga

emanilapoetry: What draws you to express yourself through poetry and what drew you to poetry in the first place?

Dee: I am far better in writing than I am with spoken words and in poetry, I can express myself more freely.

I took my liking to poetry from my late dad. He introduced me to it during my early years by reading poems before bedtime then encouraged me to try and write a poem. The first one I wrote was a birthday present for my father. After the approval and praises from him, I just got hooked on writing more.

emanilapoetry: How do your current posts compare with the first poem you published on emanilapoetry?

Dee: I feel a lot of improvement in my latest post as compared to the very first poem I submitted. However, I also feel that there is still so much to learn on my part in writing poems in Tagalog or Filipino.

emanilapoetry: As you are so attracted to words, how do you feel about the way language is being used in today’s world?

Dee: We all know that language evolves and it’s a healthy sign of a language being alive. While I feel that there is a tendency for the now generation to be fond of “bastardized” or “jejemon” language, I am still confident that the formal language as we know it will continue to flourish through literature which I think will never ever die.

emanilapoetry: One emanilapoetry member once commented: “Pag mas marami ang nahihikayat maging makata sa isang bansa ay mas yumayabong ang kultura ng bansang iyon.” In what way or ways can poetry enrich a nation’s culture?

Dee: John F. Kennedy once expressed his belief in literature when he said: “When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry cleanses.” Another one cited that “if you want to know the spirit of a nation, read its literature.” Sa paanong paraan pa ba higit na maisasaad ng isang manunulat ang puso, mga hinaing, mga tagumpay at mga pagsisikap ng kanyang bansa kundi sa hinabing tula? As a nation continues to live, so does literature. And poetry will continuously contribute to the flourishing of a nation’s literature.

emanilapoetry: Any advice you have for those who want to have their hands on poetry?

Dee: My husband, who is also a recognized writer, usually shares his insights. He once told me that “If you want to be a writer, write. Don’t be afraid to jump from the cliff of writing uncertainty as you will realize when you do, that helping hands of those who had jumped before you will guide and nurture you.” I want to share this, too, to those who want to have their hands on poetry. Don’t ever be afraid. Let your heart speak. Let your heart weave the fibers of your poems. Express in the most loving of words your triumph as well as your defeat, your sorrow as well as your joy, your nation and countrymen’s longings, dreams, and desires.

emanilapoetry: Thanks, Dee, for sharing with us your thoughts and advice.

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