My name is Anca Mihaela Bruma, I am Romanian living in Dubai/UAE. My love for poetry started when I was just 9 years old, when I registered myself to some creative poetry writing group. It was a turning point for me as I started to discover the mysteries of the written word and its impact on the readers. It was also the time when I was a performing gymnast. I was just 6 years old when I registered myself at a public library, being fascinated by the readings. The passion for reading, composing and reciting the written words was extended to choosing the first degree, a BA in English and Romanian Philology. While a teenager, I was published in various journals of poetry.
The first paradigm shift started when I started teaching when I was just 22 years old, I discovered the vocation for educating and forming people, developing their latent skills, make them outshine. At that time I knew, I am not just a creator of my own subjective universe, as well helping and guiding others to find and refine their own skills, potential, with care, empathy, wisdom. I think this path was also sustained by the fact that from my father’s side, all are teachers, professors, so I may say I have a genetic inheritance when it comes to guiding, supporting, educating others.
I had always the personality of an explorer of uncharted territories of the mind and of the soul. At tangible level, I knew I needed to face the world, so after 2 years of teaching in Romania I decided to “conquer” the world. If in Romania I learned knowledge, the challenges I faced outside my country, guided me more into the wisdom side, the understanding at much subtle level others, their philosophy about their lives, and I incorporated many of those in my own personal development.
Another paradigm shift happened when I decided, after 2 years in Dubai, to go for further studies, this time for business. I have decided to pursue at that time a business career, due to my practical and analytical approach to life as well. I studied my master degrees in Australia, Melbourne, and my creative side helped me to have the guts which are required in business, to see beyond the intangible, beyond the apparent.
For couple of years I taught Business subjects, in Dubai, in various universities and colleges, the pathos for guiding was there all the time. In time I decided to go for coaching, training approach, as well consultancy.
In terms of poetry writing, there is an interesting curve in my writing “career”. At initial stage, just a teenager, I was very much influenced by Romanticism, Realism, Symbolism, Avant-garde, followed in my university times by Existentialism, Surrealism, Transcendentalism. Poets and writers influenced me in my own literary development as well approach of life. Just to mention some at that time: Dostoevsky, Camus, Kafka, William Blake, Umberto Eco, Leo Tolstoy, Emily Bronte, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, TS Eliot, Plato, Henri Bergson, Jean Paul Sartre, Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine, Carl Jung, Immanuel Kant, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Henry David Thoreau and so on.
Since early age, I have always viewed writing poetry as the perfect medium which is able to depict profound unfathomable complexities of someone’s life or life itself, to render into words that which is unsayable, that ineffable, which can be truly deeper than the language itself. Through my writings, as well years of readings, I always looked to seek something beyond that which was apparent to others! I was fascinated to see how different aspects of truth were transfigured by different emotions, how experiences were poetized. I pursued seeing beauty expressed in all forms of art, not just poetry; creating a “thirst” within me to explore more and more for the knowledge of the mystery beneath and beyond it, as a symbol of something greater and higher with its own power to immortalize the expressions over the years.
During this exploration a huge impact on me had as well the Oriental philosophies, like Taoism, Zen, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Sufism, Buddhism and so on, and all these perspectives about life made a huge impact on me and the way I approach writing nowadays. The time I did not write, for many years, it was the perfect time for me to incubate and crystallize all these knew knowledge, together with my own experiences in order to have my own signature in my own writings.
Another huge paradigm shift happened when I decided to approach my own writings, from the outward expression to a more inner world expression, as a poetic description of elevating experiences, which marked vitally my life, as human as well as poet, and nowadays through my own expression I guess I am trying to awaken in others the deep realities of life within themselves. “All knowledge is recollection” Plato said, and it is my own legacy right now.
When I write, I see it like a vision, or like a painting in front of my eyes, and I use lots of symbolism and allegory in order to apprehend the infinite intelligence, catching the reflections of truth with a strong mystic sense of infinity, of the boundless, of the opening out of the world of our normal finite expressions into the transcendental.
I have decided to start writing again just 3 months back, and it came to me like an “explosion” - it is like the pen “writes” me not the other way around - and I just know, all these years of crystallization came into fruit right now, in a concentrated manner full of hidden meanings and layers after layers. Like an “architect” of a language I “build” a language within a language, a universe within another universe using vivid imagery, sometimes surreal, giving to the poetry a transcending feeling.
My “lyrical writings” now, as I like to call them, are more kind of a spiritual autobiography, depicting a reality behind all forms, with no space and time, a quantic view of existence. Right now, I see the writing as a form of being present inside the language, a paradigm of living which is encoded in the message itself, like a poetic consciousness with a spherical view of things, life, and love.
For me writing now it is more related with the realization of the greater self, beyond the mundane and well known laws of the society, as an expression of both the rational and the intuitive, in a concise form of poetry, increasing the awareness with new meanings expanded.
From the classics to the transcendental thinkers, all influenced me, and I have a holistic approach when I express myself through writings.
I will like to conclude with one of my favorite quote, which encompasses as well my view upon life, clearly seen as well in my poems: “There is true knowledge. Learn thou it is this/To see one changeless Life in all the Lives,/And in the Separate, One Inseparable” (The Bhagavad Gita, Book 18).