Lamia Firasta


Lamia Firasta is first generation Indian Ismaili-Muslim Canadian writer interested in the intersections of mental health and writing. She is currently an undergraduate student in Psychology and Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. Her poetry was recently featured in the Hybridity exhibition at Gallery 1265 and published in Women’s Issue Magazine. She is an avid spoken word performer. Last year, she was a semi-finalist at the Toronto Poetry Slam, and she has performed at ARTSIDEOUT, Monologues at UofT, Etobicoke Arts, and various Open Mic Nights.



I’m still here waiting for life to resume
Sometime between getting the vaccine
And making plans with friends that aren’t on zoom.
I'm still here waiting for everyday to feel different
Not a playlist on repeat
Wanting to make reservations at a new restaurant
Instead of paying uber eats a $2.99 delivery fee
As I look for another promo code
I’m still here right where you left me
Waiting for politicians to place blame on each other for this pandemic
As my hair grows out and I waste time shopping online
Just to feel something
Rationalizing that $900 bi-weekly makes up for my
Life being turned upside down and
Yet I’m still here where COVID-19 left me


~unfinished/waiting




Will life always be the four corners of a screen
Pretending zoom meetings are something
Scrolling on tiktok just to distract yourself from what life used to be
Outside is now a luxury
Facemasks are mandatory
Can you believe that 2019 was the dream
And so we sit here watching reruns to keep reminding us of the past we wished we hadn’t
Run out of

~nostalgic 


Every new lockdown I want to push you away
And not speak to you 
Because I can’t see your face on a screen anymore
I’m tired of this 2 dimensional relationship
How long can I love you from afar
Before it’s too far
I love you more than myself
But the world won’t let me
So I push you away
Because if I can’t have all of you
I'm tired of settling for a remote version of you


~pushover




Remotely Forgotten, 2021
Poetry, installation

This series of poems explores how the ways in which identity is navigated has changed as a result of a worldwide shift in living. Our sense of love, loss and freedom has been challenged; this body of work speaks to the transitions we have gone through and continue to endure. 

Explore the places that bring you a sense of groundedness and comfort during this time of isolation. Join Firasta for a community poetry workshop Saturday, June 12th at 2pm. Sign-up here.