Poet Interview: Leena Prasad


Interview #60, with the sassy, girly and geeky: Leena Prasad!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

leena prasad

sassy, sexy, goofy, girly, geek

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):


on tv, the gaza conflict
outside my window
a bird chirps

happiness is a
decision, unfortunately
i’m indecisive

Share an excerpt of your favorite poet’s work (10-100 words):

I don’t have a favorite poet but I read Robert Frost’s Mending Wall in my teenage years and it made a lasting impression.

Here are the first four lines —

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.”

Did reading a poem first spark the desire to write poetry, or was it an experience?:

When I was 13, I started writing sappy love poems about hopeless crushes on boys.

I’ve probably done that at least a couple of times myself ;) What goal do you seek through your poetry?

It’s a way for me to journal and to comprehend my emotional and intellectual life.

Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:

Don’t be afraid to write a poem because even a “bad” poem is an entry into a thrilling new world.

ITA. Your websites/blogs/etc:

Website: NotExactlyHaiku.com

Twitter: @notexactlyhaiku

Amazon: not exactly haiku

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Much thanks to Leena Prasad for stopping by! Be sure to check out Not Exactly Haiku, where Leena’s haiku book is available as an iPhone app. You can also follow her latest haiku, senryu, and haiga via Twitter :)


Contemporary Poems, Sneak Preview, Porcelain


Update July 2010: PORCELAIN is done :)

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Screenshot #1: Some of the sketches in Porcelain (above = eBook version)

A quick look at the two sections which I thought would be the most tedious to do. They actually ended up being quite smooth to see through (I shouldn’t speak so soon…).

Screenshot #2: Automatically generated linked TOC (table of contents) :)

I think Porcelain has ~50 poems, and maybe ~20 short fiction pieces. Plus some essays and stuff.

This is a poem included in the book, which I wrote when I was 17+ (I think). I liked the poems I wrote at that age — it was a slightly wayward but very intense time of my life.


When purpose precedes passion
Fashion; dignity
Reason; intuition

When fame succeeds Art
Love; a random fling
Social networking; personal connectivity
Truth’s axiom.

I’ve just realized that the TOC shows 40 (instead of 50) poems right now, so yep, that’ll be a bit more tweaking to do.

Damn my perfectionist ways…

P.S. I’m about 10% done with packing/clearing stuff out of my room -_-.