On the second day of FemArt we met the poet Qibrije Demiri- Frangu, one of the first women poets during the early 90s. Her poems were beautifully read by our two great artists Melihate Qena and Anisa Ismaili, while the moderator Naime Beqiraj made the discussion even more interesting with her artistic and unique perspective on the work of Qibrije. The meeting started with a short presentation on the work of Qibrije and the work of women poets in Kosovo through the years. Qibrije and Naime were recalling the years when Naime was Qibrije’s student, and Naime told about the impact that she as a professor in her life, and it served as an inspiration for her to keep writing up to now. Certainly, being a female writer, a female poet is a challenge itself and they had a lot to say about the challenged they faced in their journey as a poet. One of the moments they shared with us, was a competition that took place during the 90s and the injustice they faced as women. In this competition, as it would be expected the winner was a man, a man with a poem that was not his own after all. If it was not for a girl like Dije, to show everyone about the fraud, as Qibrije stated “the strong gender” would win again, but Dije made the difference. And even though there were women in that competition, this injustice reminds us once again how women’s work for most of the time was not acknowledged.
When talking if there is a difference between male and female writers, if female writers are more preoccupied with feelings in their work. Qibrije points out that the poem is a substance of feelings and thoughts, it depends then if you add more feelings or thoughts but “heart has no gender. Thus, the poem has no gender”. Qibrje has a very interesting perspective linking creators with their work. For her, body and thoughts are transferred through rhythm, which reflects the enthusiasm in our life, moreover, rhythm and calmness can always be harmonized. Humans, in general, are out of the metaphysics, creators and artists, their thoughts, and beings, they are out of metaphysics through their artwork. She points out that through creation we cut some of the feelings and we select which one do we want to put in the lines. Among others, Qibrije argues art is the way to bring people together when people have aesthetic emancipation they are more open to other cultures, ready to communicate and live in peace.
I will end this with some beautiful and strong lines from the poem “Ze gruaje”(A woman’s voice), a poem through which a woman is demanding the opportunity to live her life in her way, to have the chance to even do wrong, but to do it in her own way: “me lejo te mbledhe frutat vete… me lejo ta gjeje djellin, le t’me shkrije… Une nuk jam kukull ne penje” (Allow me to collect the fruits by myself… allow me to find the sun, let it burns me… I am not a puppet”.