Monarc was born in Accra, where he lives to this day. He is a student at the University of Ghana, training to be a physiotherapist. To see him do his favourite activity is to see him do anything, but underneath it all is the one single thing you won't see: contemplation. Yes, Monarc is a ruminant.
Five Questions with Monarc:
1. How long have you been writing poetry?
Since you say "writing," I started about 10, 11. But just creating stuff extemporaneously goes maybe as far back as the womb.
2. Who are your favorite poets? Which poets have most inspired and informed your work?
Poets? Honestly, I did not have much contact with poets young. But, Solomon, David, Jesus (all of whose work I read that way) did engage with me some, especially David who is a poet of the ancients. I did get involved with hip hop and that brought me to writing. Influences are Eminem, Rakim, Tupac. Okay, I might say Baudelaire but I started prose poetry before I met him. And I'll add Henry Fielding and Charles Dickens. To me, their poetic style inspires me to keep complicating my style, my notion of improvement. My inspiration generally comes generally, that is, from anything.
3. What do you hope to accomplish with your poetry?
To be walking around and suddenly a telepathic connection is established between a random kid and me just like the constant seance I have with those ghosts I mentioned.
4. At what venues do you perform your poems?
I perform in my head, in my room, but formerly I performed among friends.
5. Do you perform your poems from memory, or read them from the page?
When I used to perform, I did either extempore or written. If I have to do memory, I'll do a hybrid inevitably.