About

I long for a world where we are more thoughtful, considerate and kinder to each other. I hope to fulfill my vision through my poetry art.

Michiko Ozu – Visual Artist and Poet from New York

I believe that imagination can improve society. I want my poetry art to stimulate people’s inner creativity and gave them hope, inspiration and new ideas to make the world an empathetic and better place for everyone.

my story

I was born in Myanmar and came to America at age 6. I started my interests in the arts around that time because of loneliness

My anxiety grew as my ADHD and Dyslexia came out when I started school. I knew I was different. I had a lot of trouble paying attention, easily bored and excessive daydreaming.

I accepted that I have ADHD & Dyslexia when I became an adult. Doctors misdiagnosed me many times and put me on wrong medications that cause my ADHD to become worse.

I struggle a lot through school and I finished HS by home schooled. My educational background includes NYU & Columbia

It is Me

ADHD and Dyslexia will always be a part of me. There are many daily challenges that I still face. Tasks that are easy to most adults are very difficult for me. My brain processes information differently because it uses the right hemisphere more. For example, most people use the left side of the brain to read, but dyslexics use the right side. I have to read things 4 or 5 times to get it. If my brain cannot create a picture from the word, I’m stuck. I am still thankful for my ADHD and Dyslexia.

ADHD and DYSLEXIA

ADHD and Dyslexia are considered to be “learning disabilities” by mainstream society when they are actually “learning differences.”

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Actually, it is not a deficit in attention. People with ADHD pays attention to everything and have trouble filtering out stimulus in the environment. Dyslexia is having a difficulty with language processing.

The brains of people with ADHD and dyslexia are wired differently and we are no less than neurotypical people. It comes with a lot of positive traits. Some of them are high level of creativity, great problem solving skills, whole picture thinking, being able to notice patterns and see connections that others will not see and being more empathetic.

MY POETRY ART

My inspiration to create art and poetry came from having ADHD and Dyslexia. I feel very deeply, with passion and with all my heart. I think primarily in images. It’s easy for me find patterns and connections between unrelated things which helps with creating metaphors. I can manipulate objects in my brain easily, turn it around and see it in different angles. I think in 3D and this is an advantage for drawing but not for reading because words are 2D.

Since I have dyslexia and a very a short attention span, my poetry is short but I think it captures the whole picture. I want to share my world with people through my poetry art.

the Present

I live in Central NY with my husband, Naoki, and a whole family of teddy bears. Besides art and poetry, I like to cook. Naoki is also an entrepreneur and amazing pastry chef for “Ozu’s Organic Matcha Pastry.” Please check out our delicious treats! He helps me with the poetry are business because he is very good with organizing and dealing with numbers.