My name is Thamanna and I'm a poet. In Urdu my name translates as longing for or desire and I think there is no greater or truer explanation to my poetic sentiment than my name itself which is why I think my parents have been fiercely influential in my poetry, starting with the name they uttered for me. And when I say influential what I mean is, from a very young age, I watched their lives and their pain , especially my mother's and grew to recognize her burden and weight. And eventually grew to write verses as odes to them. I believe my parents truly were poetic in the way they raised me. They were, perhaps my first and most important muses.
I'm always a true romantic first and only then a poet. I started writing as a way to keep a feeling or a moment, as I was always longing for them but it has always been out of maddening love. Even my poems about death are inevitably for love. My poems have grown so much in the past few years, but I love them the most now. It is important to me to capture the sweet and gentle as well as carnal, raw moments of life in poetry, that is what I strive for. And in these moments I want to put myself, or the reader to explore feelings and thoughts of womanhood or politics or God perhaps. I feel like I've become a true woman and it reflects in my writing. I've chosen to let loose of my inhibitions and fears and embrace the sensuality in being a woman and a poet. It gives me great sense of freedom and sweet sense of myself and that is all I have ever wanted. It would be a shame if I didn't let the world know of the same.