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What is love for?

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What is love for

If someone

Drinks it in,

Consumes it:

When one is

Simply a vessel

For another’s


When silence

Is expected

In the face of


What is love for

In a world

Such as this,

Where only

The privileged

Are granted

Their wish?

What is love for?

For another’s need?

Their desire?

Their greed?

Setting one up

To fulfill any deed?

For what is love meant

Without consent,

With bitter


Is it not then

Just another


What is love for?

When the outcome,

Without apology,

Is something

Which feels

Neither safe

Nor happy?

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Notes on writing process 3: The value of poetry

We learn that writing has to be informative or narrative, even poetry. I love narrative poetry. I think breaking with reality can also be very appealing. It builds creative & abstract thinking. It creates an opportunity to take in life in different, unexpected ways, even mundane or painful things. It’s emotional & we don’t always get the opportunity to express our emotions by reaching into them like you can working with poetics.

& when I say poetry, there are so many different kinds; this is a marvelous thing, to be celebrated. It’s such a massive field.

Poetry in its myriad forms is both generative & transformative. These are qualities which make it interesting & full of possibility. I still think that due to the way which poetry exists in cultures, it is a foundational form of text & cultural production. It is one of those things which is simultaneously undervalued & deliciously pervasive. One word on that: music.

That’s also a tension which creating poetic writing exists within. In another world, perhaps poetry would be viewed in the same capacity as any valued creation. Here & now though, such tension is in the mix. While I reject the devaluation, I also see a purpose in taking it on & working with it in my pieces.

Poetry is about interpreting & recharging information & experiences so the place of the poet in culture is going to be a part of that.

Read notes on writing process 1 & 2 at the following links:



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One feeling after another

Wandering in

The dawn




As spilt milk

Cries itself

To sleep

& picks

Itself up

A starting


One feeling

After another

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At the door

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At the door

Day knocks

It screams

Through the quiet

You let yourself

Into the room

Full of dancing sunlight

You let the rays wash over you

Like it’s 

The only warmth

That has something

To give

The story takes place

In a day which never ends

This is the promise of night

Endless day

When the sun turns away

The moon makes

Its judgements

Reflecting on what the sun has said

You let yourself 

Out of the room again

Night thickens

Becomes a gel

Then a solid

You are gone 

To those dreams

The solid night

Encases you

As the



Into day

You remember

The things you

Tried to forget

Over & over

You remember them

And you convince yourself

That they are lies

Because lies are what 

Run this place

Where is everything

You search


Life can be 

So small sometimes

So infinitely small

And so infinitely


With no beginning

And no known



The Inevitable

Sets in

Every end

Does have

A start

You sing to yourself

As you weep

And you pretend

It’s not 

The end 

At all

 Ⓒ Niliema Karkhanis

💜 Notes on writing process 2: play 💜

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Poetry is a lot about word play. That’s why what I discussed in my earlier post: Notes on writing process 1 (you can link to it here (https://niliema.wordpress.com/2021/02/19/notes-on-writing-process-1/) is so important. If you let yourself get even that sliver of an idea out of you, wherever you put your words, you are likely […]

💜 Notes on writing process 2: play 💜

Notes on Writing Process 3 coming soon 💜

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💜 Notes on writing process 2: play 💜

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Poetry is a lot about word play. That’s why what I discussed in my earlier post: Notes on writing process 1 is so important. If you let yourself get even that sliver of an idea out of you, wherever you put your words, you are likely beginning to get […]

Notes on writing process 2: play

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Notes on writing process 2: play

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Text by nrk


Poetry is a lot about word play. That’s why what I discussed in my earlier post: Notes on writing process 1 is so important. If you let yourself get even that sliver of an idea out of you, wherever you put your words, you are likely beginning to get deeper into a poetic concept, feeling, or idea you are ready to really work with.

However you work, whether it’s hand-writing, typing on a computer &/or working on a phone, part of the writing process is to really feel intuitive & playful with your chosen writing medium: they all have their benefits. They are all tools & practices which contribute to the way we can play with words.

For example, I use the wp block editor on my phone to structure rhythm & rhyme in especially my shorter rhyming poetry, as well as to give myself space to get concepts & words down concisely, then re-order them for flow.

I definitely play differently with words when I write in a notebook, & even still differently when I work in a sketchbook. On paper, I generally incorporate drawings & I can keep my edits in very visual playful ways, where I can revisit my writing process. It’s pretty to look at cursive as well.

I am very inspired by the shapes of words & letters as well as the linguistic elements of writing. Working between pen & paper, print & different forms of technology is a gift we have in this era. It gives us such broad opportunity to understand how our art works in different formats; & how our writerly process can build using innovative methods & alternating tools analogue & digital facets & tools.

Whatever methods you are using, it’s important to really play around with what the medium has to offer as well as how you interact with it.

Of course your individual style & writing needs will be informed by tools, & also very much independent of them.

We often judge ourselves when we are being creative, & that’s going to happen. Of course, do please try & be gentle with you…easier said than done, I know. I encourage you, rather than judging yourself or trying to be less judgemental, to try observation of your writing methods & patterns. It’s so much more important.

An observation I’ve made on my own writing is that, almost unequivocally; when I’m playing with words & connecting them to a poetic observation or experience, I try to work with a dichotomy of combining every day writing & speech with unexpected usages which sometimes surprise even me. I try to reach as far away from the every day to get to these juxtapositions.

This is a structuring principal I use for my free verse & prose poetry, which I consider to be my main. I like to break dichotomies. It’s a method I have found very enjoyable & I feel it brings out my voice.

There are a plethora of other word play techniques which offer different & interesting momentum for poetic stories. Combining them is also infinitely fascinating.

In addition to play & observation of patterns, poetry is about observing poetic relationships in art & life; including, but not limited to, other forms which use words such as music or movies. This isn’t just about inspiration, it’s about relational elements in story-telling. This is where we get into discussions of meaning, wordplay & poetics. That’s a whole other post, dear blogosphere. Thanks for being here for this one. 💜

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Note: I have been focusing on poetry writing because poetic writing methods are indispensable skills for literally all forms of writing & creative work. It’s fun too, & can help to bring interst & joy into all that you do. 💜

Where the robots live

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2 trains away

Is where they stay

Mended cells

They fix themselves

Their wounds & wires

Hold every tell

Where the robots live

In the corners of the city

Now happy

All electricity

© Niliema Karkhanis

Note: This piece was formed out of a concept I was working with in the summer of 2020. This will be the first in a series of coming works entitled: Where the Robots Live. Please stay tuned dear blogosphere. 💜🤖

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