Amin is a thirty-something, cancer-surviving female poet of Punjabi- Canadian decent, residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Amin actively works to advocate for the cancer community and to normalize discussions around female cancers. She writes about the magic and traumas of life, hoping to paint a picture that will connect with other word-lovers. A. Lights Poetry is a space where Amin creates her poetry.
“A. Lights?” you may ask. “A” represents the first letter of her given name, which means peace and purity. “Lights” represents all of the souls that make her life so bright. This handle initially gave Amin the courage to be open with her writing and aided her in keeping her art vulnerable. Amin’s poetry is based on her constant evolution forward, touching on her personal experiences, hopes, and dreams, as well as the experiences that surround her life.
She wrote this first collection of poetry to inspire people—to stir feelings inside them, to heal as a collective, and to hopefully provide a sense of magic or support.
In life, I believe we are touched by different lights, but we also have a light within ourselves and the power to ignite that light. My light recognizes your light, and may this collection help you shine.
In the New Year of 2021 Amin suffered a reoccurrence of her cancer. On September 14 2021 after a gruelling 2.5 year battle, Amin peacefully passed away.
During her final days, she had the love of her family and friends by her side. Even as she fought to live, she was always thinking of others, taking care of everyone around her as they took care of her.
The outreach from admirers and fans has been beautifully overwhelming. Her family would like to thank everyone who has supported her work, she would want her words to awaken your soul and make you feel. Amin left a piece of her with us within her poetry, passing her light on to those experiencing her writing.
Amin was a strong, resilient, fearless person. She exuded love and compassion and will continue to be deeply missed. We share her words and her stories to bring awareness to things that were important to her.
Advocacy was dear to Amin’s heart. She considered herself very fortunate to be able to be a voice for the voiceless, to be apart of something she believed in so strongly, bringing awareness about self advocating and our medical system. We are lucky to have access to medical care, but our medical system isn’t perfect. Amin’s journey has taught us that you need to advocate for yourself. If you feel that your doctor is not providing you with the answers you want, push them and keep pushing. You know your body better than anyone. Amin pushed her medical professionals until she was properly diagnosed. Giving us the gift of time.
Her book “The Light Within My Light” was a dream of hers realized. This collection of poetry will live on as her legacy, providing all who read it, light from a far.
May we always remember Amin as the woman who survived in Life and Death.