Savage Fantasies and True Love is a small but amazing collection of poems by young and upcoming poet Azer. It’s an untamed and unpolished glimpse into his mind. Azer neither censors himself, nor does he try to hide any part of his persona. It’s something that can be felt in his writing. This collection includes primal emotions, plain boredom, and even cheesy love, all in the same collection. In a world where everything feels planned and packaged, Savage Fantasies and True Love has that unpolished feel to it that really let’s you connect with the writer. Even if you’re not well-read in poetry, you can really appreciate the simplicity in Azer’s work.
Okay, to kick this interview off, I’d like to ask: What was the main inspiration for your poetry book?
The world around me and my most inner thoughts.
Both the inner and outer worlds are full of infinite wonder, so that makes perfect sense. Can you tell me a little bit about your poetic journey?
My writing journey started a few years back, when I started writing small booklets on non-fictional subjects. Since then I’ve written tons of material, in all kinds of different shapes and genres. Today, I work as a copywriter, and I believe it’s a growing feeling of distance from the unreal and dishonest nature of my current work that has pushed me to express myself through poems, as well as short stories lately.
That’s awesome! Care to share some of the themes featured in this collection?
This little book, as the title hints, has two major themes. One is an exploration of the simple, savage being inside me. The other one is my exploration of joyful emotions and love. Both of these themes presents me with an opportunity to dig up thoughts and emotions that otherwise are awkward to express. At first, I tried to find a more primal voice inside me, but as I searched, I found that there was another voice that hadn’t had a chance to speak for a while. It was the kind of cheesy and uncool emotions of joy and love, that one truly has to be in love to hear. For some reason these feelings embarrassed me; they seemed so lame in some way, which is exactly why I decided to include it. I realized that it was in a way the most real voice that I could find inside me, and that by expressing it, the book felt ever so much genuine to me.
That being said, what are some of your muses?
For most of my work, it’s simplicity as well as the people and the world around me. However, the poems are mainly inspired by myself. I try to listen to what’s inside, but I also try to let my mind wander in many different directions to see what I can find.
Writing really is an act of self-discovery. It can also be highly meditative. What’s your creation process like?
Half of what I write just comes to me, and I quickly write it down on a piece of paper or on my phone. The other half of what I write is when I have time to sit down and think. I try not to edit myself unless absolutely necessary. Even if the result is bad, I prefer it to be genuine. If I’m really unhappy with something I wrote, I simply won’t publish it.
Authenticity certainly is paramount, especially when it comes to creating. So, is there anything else you’d like to add before we wrap things up here?
To anyone reading my work: Don’t just read, write! It doesn’t have to be great, or even good, as long as it’s you. Then no matter what happens, you’ll always have at least one fan of your work.