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💜 Dispatches from quarantine 💜

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Dispatches From quarantine

I’m basically a robot Myself now

Or not myself now

I suppose

I work a lot

Then tell myself I don’t Because I suppose that’s easier than facing the nothingness


They often say there’s nothing that’s more of a void than meaninglessness, yet this timeframe is built upon it & […]

Dispatches from quarantine

 Ⓒ Niliema Karkhanis

Notes on writing process 1

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I think the most important thing to do with poetry is to write what comes to you intuitively & just get it down. Let yourself really go with it if you can. Keep notes, prompts, titles which come to mind, or have them in the background of your write in some way &/or go with what moves you in the moment.

Sometimes I draw before I write. I use text in my drawings. Sometimes those words become a part of my overall poetics.

A lot of times you will have something specific to say, however many great works of poetry are borne out of clear spontaneity, & good editing (not my forté haha).

Which brings me to my next point, that a lot of the great work of making poetry is in the editing. I’ll have to make posts about editing in particular as this goes along. For now I’ll say try not to think about the edits too much until it’s time.

You need to give yourself permission to write stuff you aren’t taken with too.

Like, I wrote a lot in the summer & then could barely journal or draw for 3 months. Still, in that time, I tried to write some poetry & honestly it was the worst; after a summer of not perfect writing, but stuff I was really pleased with consistently. 

& here’s the thing, if you’ve read this far, thank you, & here is the thing: I wrote poetry I literally laughed at & for the first time in my life, I let myself fail at probably one of my like 2 skills I’m kinda proud about. Because I knew I didn’t have more than that, but I still sat down to remind myself I’m a writer when I knew I couldn’t. 

Dear blogosphere, I must have written that night for no more than 5 minutes, & there I was congratulating myself for something which otherwise would have embarrassed me intensely, without even having to be criticized by a single soul. 

I gave myself permission to fail because I know what it means to be consistent.

& mind you it was in the middle of those months. By that point, I was out of practice & dealing with life things. But I wrote for 5 minutes.

I have chosen writing as my main art form because you can do it anywhere at any time even in your head writing is happening before it entirely becomes something. & poetry feels good. It is a wonderful tool for processing emotions & ideas.

So you can always have faith in yourself as a creative writer, even when you feel like you’re not writing or writing how you aspire to. That’s the permission to know you are always creating even when you can’t reach a pen.

When I say write from your gut, let yourself fail. Yet when you’ve found that spark again, remember that permission. Because that’s permission to reach inside yourself whether you know what’s coming out or not, to connect with something or someone around you, generating ideas from culture & personal meaning. 

Find that originality in your core self as you are. Take ideas & enjoy them as they sing.

© Niliema Karkhanis

Ampersands, revisions & request for input


Did you know that the ampersand was once the 27th letter of the English alphabet? It’s truly one of my most favourite symbols.

This means ‘and’ was once a letter & so crucial it became a member of the alphabet; similarly written to the number 8, denoting infinity, yet the ampersand is beautifully open ended.

Well it’s no wonder how much I love the meaning in that because I never see any work as completely finished…why I’m also so fond of the ellipsis.

All this to say, dear blogosphere, I encourage you to take a look back at any of my previous pieces because I wake up with edits I hadn’t even thought of on my mind. & I want every poem to be the best it can be so I do implement them.

New stuff coming, however if you are curious, also about my writing process, you might be interested in rereads. 💜

Thank you for being here. This blog is doing unexpectedly well thanks to you. I’m really excited to share my writings with all of you.

Also, I’m thinking of blogging reflections on writing, & on creating poetry in particular. If you are interested, please let me know by liking &/or commenting, as well if there are any topics or tips you would be interested in reading from me about please let me know.

I may start this anyway, but would love your feedback. You can message me directly on the about page of my website as well.

If you have thoughts about ellipses & ampersands, please do leave those too…

© Niliema Karkhanis

These days

Some of these works are brand new. Some I wrote over the summer. So all relatively recent.

Mostly they are ponderings on existence, love, time & space. In the summer, I was mostly concerned with improving my fiction writing skills which I did by basically sitting down to tell a story, usually with a prompt or something from my mind. Often it was more nebulous though, a feeling really.

I became interested in that process because I had thought writing fiction had to be done with a more structured plan or idea. That’s how I have often written fiction in the past. And of course it does work well.

Over the summer, I applied that approach. Basically adapting stories related to my own experiences into fictional accounts.

But then I did other things too. Like with Ghost Story. I just let myself world build much more than I had in the past, bringing on many elements of story-telling from science fiction & fantastical comic or animation-type scapes.

I also gave myself permission to give characters solitary experiences as well as epic challenges, so there were broad chances to develop characters I thought could become interesting for later. Because I’m less of a fiction than a poetry writer, I found that with everything else going on in my life, I mostly had time to work on character development & flash pieces which I’ll release here. Some will be reworked, some brand new, some as is.

To encourage my process, I have started drawing characters I am creating who exist in my stories or the worlds I am building for the more fantastical works.

I want to put works of prose like that here as they are more in lone with my poetry than some of the fiction pieces I am working on which are perhaps more relational tales than a lot about the scenes themselves where those places are themselves a kind of character.

I have found reflecting on my writing process really helps me to generate ideas & also give structure to ideas.

I did a thing I’m glad about this summer which was just to write very regularly with the goal of being expansive more than product focused. & it did really open up my feelings about what I have in me as a writer.