An insightful collection of poetry touching on themes such as mindfulness, healing, mental health, love and heartbreak. Tenderly explores and brings light to growing topical issues such as infertility.
A happy Wednesday to you, Harmeet! Today, you and I will be talking all about your new poetry book, Poetic Secrets. What inspired this particular creation?
The inspiration came from my life experiences, happy and sad. Writing became therapy and then healing. At this point, I decided I wanted to help others.
Writing as an act of helping others… That’s a wonderful creative objective! When did you first start writing poetry?
I began writing poetry at the age of 16 and my passion grew as I began to study English literature, and I have been writing ever since.
That’s fantastic! I’m glad you’ve been writing ever since. What are some of the themes that you touch on?
The themes I explore in my poetry are anxiety, depression, infertility, cultural truths, racism, self-healing and love because I have first-hand experience in each one.
I want to break some of the taboos associated with talking about these themes and to raise awareness, that has been the biggest influence. The encouragement comes from my late father who said I should get my poetry published one day.
You definitely touch on a lot of different subjects–all of which are extremely important. It’s wonderful that you give a voice to such vital aspects of the human experience. How do you typically go about a writing session?
Sometimes I get a flood of thoughts and I can’t quite organise them in my mind and put them to sleep, so this is where writing comes in. I have to write them out or I can’t stop thinking about it. I normally scribble down my thoughts and then spend some time trying to put them into a poetic form. Sometimes the sentences just flow out naturally. I love rhyme and although society is saying it’s outdated, I want to bring it back because I love writing in rhyme. I write other forms too but rhyme has to be my favourite.
It’s quite cathartic to put those thoughts and feelings on paper. It’s also takes some courage, especially to pubish a book and have others read those thoughts that are deep within your mind, heart, and soul. Thank you so much for shedding some light on this lovely collection of poems. I wish you all the best, Harmeet! 💖
Harmeet Kaur Bharya was born and raised in the London Borough of Redbridge where she lived with her parents and sister. She started writing poetry at the age of sixteen and went on to study English Literature.
She completed her degree in BSc Computer Science during a challenging time when her father passed on. She went on to become a Junior Web Developer at the University of Hertfordshire where she graduated. She later progressed in her career and took on the role of Project Manager when Book Depository became a subsidiary of Amazon.
The inspiration for her poetry stems from a timeline of sorrow, from some very ugly experiences since the age of eleven, to illness and the loss of loved ones, heartbreak, secondary infertility and miscarriage, anxiety and depression.