Chani The Hippie | Poet | Author | Blogger | Activist
Your poem on the Power of Words was amazing. Without revealing everything, can you go into detail about that situation?
I was in a very toxic relationship. There was lots of fighting, arguing, and he cheated a lot. I was in a tumultuous, dark period in my life. On my birthday, I had this big party and after the party, hell broke loose. That’s how I got the scar. It didn’t change anything though because I stayed for a long time after that happened. I hated myself at the time and I felt like it was what I deserved out of life.
What does poetry do for you?
It helps me heal and understand emotions better. When I read poetry, hear a spoken word piece, or even write, I’m getting a deeper understanding of people, emotions, and the world. Poetry is an education process. It enlightens me.
I know your ganja smoker. What do you think of all these laws being passed for weed? Is it a good or dreadful thing? The government tends to always tamper with things to their benefit, but to the general public's destruction also.
I think weed should be legal recreationally for anyone over the age of 21. I appreciate that more states are recognizing it’s healing properties and powers. I do not like that the industry is booming with white people making profits as black and brown people sit in prisons for marijuana-related crimes. It’s a catch -22. I also think as it gets legalized, industrial farming companies and tobacco companies will be the main producers of marijuana which will ruin it. Learn how to grow your own stash while you can!
Talk about your views on feminism, being that you’re a feminist.
My views on feminism are vast. Like 500-page book vast. I am an intersectional feminist who fights for ALL women, LGBTQ, women of color, and women with disabilities, to receive the equality they deserve. We deserve equal pay, career advancement opportunities, convictions in sexual assault cases, the right to proper women’s health, housing, and more. The fight is an uphill battle and I like to fight so I’m in it wholeheartedly. I’m not going to give up.
Do you feel like everyone who's looking to take themselves to the next level needs to be creative in some capacity?
Creativity is the key to longevity. You could make it to the next level mimicking others, but you can’t keep elevating by doing that. Creativity and originality, allows you to always have somewhere else to go once you hit the next level.
Talk about your growth as a person between you writing Freedom Fighter, and We- A Love Story?
Freedom Fighter is a collection of poems I wrote between the ages of 18-23. It’s my baby. My poetry style back then was really “in your face”. Lots of cursing. I didn’t paint pictures, I told you what I meant. We: A Love Story has metaphors, similes, alliteration, and more. I played with assorted styles and I also introduced short stories. As I continue to write, I’m creating an anthology of my progress as a writer and a student of the world.
When you look at your creativity from an objective stance, what do you see?
I see someone who’s growing as a person and shows that in her writing. I see someone who is open, complex and has a lot more to give. Honestly, I consider myself to be at the beginning of what I’m going to achieve.