In The Mind Of Amara Amaryah
These articles are segments on a series of black womxn storytellers on their creative expression, storytelling, and what currently fuels them. The need for more black womxn storytellers and creatives may be at an all-time high, however, there is still a need for more. With such diverse lives, stories, experiences and deep passions we need to create to reflect our world. We need to create to reflect the complexities of our identities and experiences. Black people are not a monolith, we are inspired by each other and create for each other by each other. Black people are a constellation, we are stars and shine bright in our own individual way but we are still so connected. There is healing in sharing our stories and trust in the work that we create for the people who are watching and consuming. The artistry of black womxn creatives has contributed to the shifting culture in an impactful way. Please explore these talented multidisciplinary creatives and take a journey through their current minds.
Amara Amaryah. Poet and Blogger (She/her)
What is your creative outlet and how do you story tell?
My poetry is a constant journey to unsilencing myself and hopefully others. So the storytelling is an act of archiving our existence or simply showing up on the page to take up space. I have also become obsessed with seeing more of the world recently. I am trying my best to travel more and through that, I am finding ways of documenting the stories that I encounter. Travel writing is a favourite form of storytelling for me but I also enjoy storytelling through photo diaries and journaling.
What does it mean to be a black womxn storyteller?
As a black woman, I am very conscious that we have constantly been storytellers, constantly preserving our herstories. I studied a lot of black woman’s autobiography during my undergrad and continued to read several forms of black women’s writings. I think the best part about being a black woman writer is being a member of that tradition and helping black women’s stories to exist on the page forever.
What are some topics that you are currently interested in?
Some topics that I’m writing around at this moment include: the ocean (and how untrustworthy but familiar it seems to me as a Jamaican British young woman), voice/language and I am very interested in the journey of the West African drum through the Caribbean.
What books are on your to-do list?
I have loads of books on my shelf that I still haven’t read and yet still the books I really want to buy include: ‘She Would Be King’ by Wayetu Moore, ‘Questions For Ada’ by Ijeoma Umebinyuo and an amazing poetry pamphlet by Adrian Earle ‘5000 Hurts’. I have Jesmyn Ward’s ‘The Fire This Time’ at home which I hope to pick up this Christmas break.
What affirmations do you currently revisit?
Current affirmations on my fridge read: I make space for selfless love/ I am aware of my distractions because I am living in purpose/ I am not apologising for the life I deserve/ every day I am full. everyday is a brand new opportunity/ I am in my prime/ I am happy to be here/ I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
How do set a good intention? A goal?
Intention setting is such an important part of my existence. I set my intentions with my best friend monthly. We live in different cities so we usually spend the first days of the month manifesting what we want to achieve. We write it down (very important) and pray for our own intentions and each other. We have a mid-month check in to keep each other accountable. I also have my individual goals and intentions that I check into depending on the season and what I need most at that moment. I would say that I’ve become a powerful manifestor through committing to my vision each morning, I have a routine where I read over my intentions and imagine them as already mine and I offer thanks to The Most High in advance and expect (but am not desperate) to meet my goal. Many of my intentions have come into being this way.
Who do you want to be like?
I want to be just like my mother. She is entirely herself and has balanced compassion, strength, and independence in a way I admire.
Where do you find inspiration?
Most days I wake up looking for inspiration so I tend to find it everywhere. I find the most inspiration from the simple thought that I have so much to offer and am a source of so much magic. I think this gives me permission to write, think and create in a way that is valid and inspiring for myself first and then for others.