Emma Schippers: Five Things You Need To Write Powerful And Evocative Poetry

An Interview With Heidi Sander

Heidi Sander
Nov 24 · 6 min read

Poetry can be healing as it can make you understand things about yourself, others, and life that you could never imagine. It can transform your being, and it can be your guide towards a meaningful life.

As a part of this series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Emma Schippers.

Her name is Emma Schippers. She’s 28 years old, and she was born in Groningen, The Netherlands.

She always had a fond interest in language as she started speaking her first words at only six months old, and before Emma was one year old, she was already able to say complex sentences. On February 22, 2021, she made an Instagram page to show the poetry she has been writing for the past four years as it was piling up in amount. Things she loves: to make music, be in nature, write, be alone, and be with the people she loves.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive into the main focus of our interview, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share a story about what first drew you to poetry?

Can you tell us a bit about the interesting or exciting projects you are working on or wish to create? What are your goals for these projects?

Currently, I’m organizing all the poetry I’ve written in the past year. I would love to put my heart and soul into a collection of my poetry. I’m also writing songs, and I would love to release an EP when the songs feel right.

Wonderful. Let’s now shift to the main focus of our interview. Let’s begin with a basic definition so that all of us are on the same page. What is your definition of poetry? Can you please share with us what poetry means to you?

The definition of poetry for me is love. Poetry is an honest reflection of the pure soul. It’s receiving divine guidance that emerges from a silent mind.

I honestly have to write poetry to stay sane. I feel like it’s medicine for my soul to understand what’s going on with me, the world around me, and the people in it.

What can writing poetry teach us about ourselves?

It can teach us to use our authentic and honest voice without a filter or fear of judgment.

Who are your favorite poets? Is it their style, the content or something else that resonates with you?

Rupi Kaur and Akiane Kramarik. Rupi Kaur’s writing style and her honest and brave voice speak directly to my heart. Akiane Kramarik fascinates me because of her connection with the divine, which I think is interesting, and her paintings are breathtakingly inspiring.

Poetry can be transformational. Is there a particular poem that spoke to you and changed your life or altered a perspective you held in some way? Can you share the story?

i acted in a way that wasn’t me

i was afraid to be who i am

so i made up another person

i looked for someone

to make me whole

because i thought i was broken

instead i found myself

buried under the lies i make up

i faced my demons and i was in luck

my light was still there

it never disappeared

i just found it again

and i became my own best friend

This piece is one of the first poems I wrote four years ago. I started writing, and as I finished, I understood what was going on. I was constantly looking for someone to make me whole. I needed nurturing and validation from the outside. At the end of the poem, I realized that it was me all along, that I should go and find myself! I knew I could give all of that good stuff to myself through the healing power of self-love. That’s when the journey of self-discovery began, and poetry played a significant part in it.

Today’s world needs so much healing. Can you help articulate how poetry can help us heal?

Poetry can help us heal by seeing the aspects of ourselves and others that no one talks about, like the expression of what’s read between the lines.

We’d like to learn more about your poetry and writing. How would you describe yourself as a poet? Can you please share a specific passage that you think exemplifies your style or main message?

I would describe myself as someone who needs to write to keep track of what’s going on in my inner world, to process complex emotions, and feelings, and to heal where I need to. To help people make the same discoveries or to make them experience whatever they want to feel.

velvet ripples

beneath a pink sky

the wind is calling

to say it passed by

what will come

of this beautiful life

i am as present

as the waves tonight

I think this piece of writing emphasizes the healing power of nature to get you in the present moment, the experience of sensory stimulation, arising thoughts that lead to silence.

What do you hope to achieve with your poetry?

To expose my inner world to the public and to make them feel.

In your opinion and from your experience, what are 3 things everyone can learn from poetry?

To gain insight, to feel, and to have a look into someone’s inner world.

Based on your own experience and success, what are the “five things a poet needs to know to create beautiful and evocative poetry?” If you can, please share a story or example for each.

They need to know how to be silent in the mind

To vividly imagine

To be in the body (sensory perception)

To write without thinking

To be perceptive of what’s going on inside of themselves

If you were to encourage others to write poetry, what would you tell them?

Poetry can be healing as it can make you understand things about yourself, others, and life that you could never imagine. It can transform your being, and it can be your guide towards a meaningful life.

How would you finish these three sentences:

Poetry teaches to love

Poetry heals by feeling

To be a poet, you need to be silent in your mind to tap into the infinite pool of words that simply come to you.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Entertainment , Business, VC funding, and Sports read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US, with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we both tag them :-)

Aurora Aksnes because I love her music and her voice. Her song lyrics speak straight to my heart.

How can our readers further follow your work online?

Via my Instagram page: @emmaschipperspoetry

Thank you for these excellent insights, and we greatly appreciate the time you spent. We wish you continued success.

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