“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” ~ Suzy Monzer

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Suzy Monzer took me to Somersby Falls in Sydney’s Central Coast. It was only her second visit, but she says she likes the openness of the landscape as it helps her to write truthful poetry.

She says, “It is secluded here, away from everything and no one can tell you what to think. There is no judgement” 

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[ ‘Poetry and Stuff’ By Suzy Monzer ]

 

“As I grew up I saw words and art as power. Not the bad kind of power…I saw it as magic. Not dark magic, beautiful magic and delightful magic”

Suzy, 18 years old takes a two-hour train trip into university. She is currently completing her Communications degree majoring in Journalism and Creative Writing.

She says having to study helps to stimulate her mind and keep her sane but writing is her true escape.

 

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Suzy is always looking for inspiration to write. When we walked along the trail to the falls, she pointed out five or six objects/images/things that would inspire her to write.

Being of Lebanese background she says Lebanon inspires a lot of her poetry.

“I write a lot about Lebanon in my poetry and it makes my soul feel awake,” she says.

Each moment Suzy is enlightened by new feelings she speaks of how the authenticity of these feelings makes writing great.

“In the moment it is so rich and real, you don’t even have time to pick up a pen and write. When it hits you, it hits you wholeheartedly, and it’s very difficult to do justice for it through writing,” she says as she describes her feelings towards Lebanon, “But maybe that’s just because it’s so intense that I have such high expectations of the words that should explain it.”

She has visited the country before and discusses the distorted Western perspective of Lebanon. She discusses the power of corruption and the adoption of a careless attitude amongst the Lebanese community.

Suzy asked her cousin living in Lebanon, “How are you going to work in the city if you know Car bombs could go off?”

She replied,

 “Whatever God decides will happen to me, will happen. If I am supposed to die, I am supposed to die.”   

Suzy has adopted this approach in her life and has confessed her deep admiration for the Lebanese community and their strength. She will go back to Lebanon within the next couple of months to visit family.

On the day, Suzy brought with her several books of poetry and fiction that have inspired her. When I asked her which was her favourite she has chosen ‘Once Upon A Time In Beiruit’ By Catherine Taylor.

The book entails an open-minded tourist’s perspective of Lebanon.

Suzy said “Catherine Taylor captures the Landscape of Lebanon so well, it makes you feel home.”

“The day that I figure out how to explain that feeling (arriving back to Beirut) of being awakened in words, is the day I will call myself the best writer on the planet…that particular feeling is so hard to explain.”

Rupi Kaur, Canadian poet has also inspired Suzy’s recent approach to poetry as a performance style.

She says, “I didn’t find out about performance poetry until I was sixteen but written poetry has been in my life since I can remember.”

Performance poetry is a style of poetry that is written to be performed on stage.

Yet, Suzy started doing poetry performance before she knew it existed.

 

The Beginning:

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“When I grew up I started hearing speeches of hatred on TV and at school. I remember finding out about the 9/11 attacks and all the hatred towards Muslim and Arab people. Even if the population was bigger than those that caused the terror.

“There was a boy who used to bully me at school”

“It was hard core racist bullying”

“One day he asked me to choose between superman or spider man and I asked him why he was curious. He replied ‘because none of them can save the people in your country.’

“It wasn’t even funny, it just hurt”

“I turned back around and I asked the teacher if I could get up and speak. It was actually a history lesson which was quite ironic. I was sweating, shaking, on the verge of throwing up but I knew I needed to say something, the words were burning the insides of my mouth”

I said:

“How dare you belittle a culture you have no understanding of? Your opinion is not even worth anything and says a lot more about your ignorance than my weakness. You fear what you don’t understand. It is really sad that you don’t take the time out to understand my culture but I guess we aren’t all as lucky to be familiar with such an amazing gift. And you’re right, they don’t have superheroes, they have only themselves but that works for us, we don’t need your help, we don’t need anyone’s help or someone to talk over us or on our behalf, we just need you to listen for once.”  

 “the use of words caused a ripple effect where kids started to become aware of racism”

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“words are so powerful and it is sad when it is used the wrong way

“I didn’t choose poetry, poetry chose me” {Suzy Monzer}

Her Instagram: @Poetlyf

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