“So I am done being the victim, I am done with this chase,I am no longer running and stand up to your face,
And maybe I have got this insanity of yours,
coz I now know for sure you will harm me no more.
Lay down your fucking arms, you do me no harm.
Run and ring your alarm, you do me no harm.
I said you do me no harm,
Coz that’s all you have done
And you’ve done just enough. “
Kavya: How long have you been writing poetry and have you recited poetry like this before also?
Aditi: Yeah! We have started this spoken poetry for almost a year ago. So now I have been into this for more than a year and I have been writing poetry for more than a decade.
Kavya: What do you do apart from writing and reciting poems?
Aditi: I am trying to come to that place where I don’t have to do anything else (laughs). But I am doing my M.PHIL from Jamia in Latin American studies and I have done my masters in English literature from Delhi University. So I am hoping to start teaching soon. But yes, the dream is to be a poet, nothing else.
Kavya: (wishing her good luck for the same). What is the topic of your poem for today’s festival?
Aditi: The theme of this Cri De Femme International Poetry and Art festival as decided by our collaborator in France is ‘female desire’. It is being organized in forty countries at the moment with over 150 events. So this is a part of the bigger movement that is happening. This festival is organized by Women Poets International Movement and the poem I am doing is on desiring another woman because we thought there is no space to talk about queer desire. We wanted to talk about everything- what is wrong and what is right.
Kavya: What is your genre of writing, if there is any? What interests you the most?
Aditi: I write more about my own politics which is queer feminist politics. Most of my poems are love poems, not the cheesy ones. They are more about desires and so my topic is modern love. I write about anything which is feminist and I also like to once in a while comment on the political situation that is there in India. Her poem was indeed praiseworthy.