Tanweer Dar was born in Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, in 1984. He read Ancient & Medieval History at the University of Birmingham and worked as a qualified teacher in the city for fourteen years.
Living with Borderline Personality Disorder, Tanweer has reflected on the thoughts and feelings which accompany it in the book of poetry, 99 Breaths of a Borderline.
Tanweer enjoys science fiction, fantasy and horror, both in books and on screen, as well as collecting and painting miniatures and table top war gaming. He is a car enthusiast and lover of music and film.
Tanweer has loved cyberpunk-themed films, games and music for many, many years. This, in part, inspired his cyberpunk book, the novella: The Man With No Name, the cyberpunk horror collection: Neon Nightmares and his upcoming novel, The Demon.
Tanweer Dar’s works are available both in paperback and Kindle eBook format from Amazon.
What does poetry mean to you?
To me, poetry is an outlet for expressing thoughts and feelings. It’s a way of making sense of what we think and how we feel. It’s a way to ‘make beautiful that which is distorted’ (Percy Bysshe Shelley, my favourite poet).
What inspires your poetry?
Love, sorrow and nature are my biggest inspirations and muses.
Which are most important to you: (1) joy, (2) peace, (3) patience, (4) kindness, (5) self-control, (6) faithfulness, (7) gentleness, (8) love, or (9) goodness? If you can, explain why.
Kindness and love are the most important to me. Kindness brings people together, it lifts them when they are low, it holds them when they hurt, it celebrates with them when they thrive. And all of this leads to love.
What sort of things are you looking forward to improving this year?
I mostly write prose these days, so I would like to write more poetry (so, quantity) and also write more sonnets (a form I used to write enthusiastically many years ago). I also want to develop my ability to write narrative poetry, and try and tie it in to some of the genres I write my prose in (Cyberpunk, Science Fiction and Horror).
What is one big dream you have?
Just for people to read and enjoy my writing, both poetry and prose. To feel it. For it to make them think. And for them to talk to me about it.
A broken and battered soul I possess
Memories of battles deep in my heart
I admit that at times I am a mess
But in the end sweet sorrow does depart
Stronger than I ever thought I could be
Finding happiness in the big and small
Discovering what it is to be me
Not any more afraid that I might fall
Learning to trust the most faithful friends
Appreciating everything they do
Figuring out how a broken heart mends
Remaining forever to myself true
There is nothing that we can do but try
Close our eyes, fill our hearts and learn to fly
© Tanweer Dar, 2020
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