A citizen of the world of Art and ActivismA citizen of the world of Art and Activism
The holy spirit of writing descended on me at the agonic age of twelve. First it was an escape from the depressing world of sexual, physical and emotional abuse that I received from members of my community while growing up in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But soon it became my world, the only thing that made sense to me. The art of words led me to discover a world of pleasure while finding a way out of my misery. I learned to see people, life, emotions, and nature in a more colorful way, and was able to transform pain into something enlightened.
At a very early age, I had to abandon school to live on the streets of Rio. As a consequence, for many years, I didn’t have confidence in my writing skills, as I lacked a language in which I could be fluent. At the age of twenty-one, I started to attend college in the US, and through my writing classes, my passion for writing gained even more strength. However, the need for a stable income pulled me towards a business degree. It was not until 2007, at the age of twenty-nine, after finishing my Italian and Economics degrees and while traveling the world for a year, that I decided to make writing a priority in my life. Since then I have become a teacher of the English language, and now English literature, in order to better the only language that I feel confident in using to express myself: English.
I have written many different types of poems throughout the years about nature, people, politics, places and love. I have also written three books in the last three years: Marshal Sea (a poetry collection), and The Modeling Guide Book For EVERY BODY which are both on Amazon. My most recent work, a poetry book called Seven Days, Twelve Months and a Year, is now in the process of finding a publishing house. Lately, I have added essays, and short stories to my writing list. I have also been working on my autobiography called My Name is Mara for a few years which I'm hoping to finish soon. To me, everything can become beautiful through creative writing and I hope to share the same beauty I find in words with others.
In my poetry writings you will find an obsession with the sea and elements of nature, such as, the wind and the rain. I also enjoy making use of numerology, as well as, old English words that are uncommon in today's writings. Word play is found persistently throughout my work, as often, my main goal is to play with the readers mind and take them beyond their power of sight.