writing competitions to enter in June 2020
Writing

Writing competitions to apply to in June, 2020

Writing competitions provide you with much-needed exposure and by competing with other writers you can become better at writing. Almost all writing competitions provide you with some sort of theme or prompt which you then have to build your story, memoir, or poem around. This is great because it helps eliminate procrastination and the overwhelming […]

22.12.13.1- Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

22.12.13.1

And there was no art to her cry There were no stories in her eyes You looked at her that time But you didn’t love her even when you tried She asked for a miracle, a pair of eyes That saw her even when she couldn’t see the light Prayers are laryngitis nightingales A Frankenstein […]

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Writing

Writing lessons from Charles Bukowski

I’ve been fascinated by Charles Bukowski‘s poetry for quite some time now. He is the world-renowned author of poetic masterpieces such as Hollywood, Ham on Rye and Women. Some of my favorite poems of all time have been written by him. It comes as no surprise to me that he is known as the ‘patron saint […]

17.6.15 Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

17.6.15.

There’s an undoing to everyone In their hiding places In their dare not’s Is a weak camouflage What are you not When you can be anything Absolutely anything .  Nature left trinkets To the one who looked harder Deeper Why did you say no When you could’ve said anything? The doors you didn’t open What […]

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Books

Black Milk by Elif Shafak ― Book Review. #mothersday

Black Milk is intriguing to read because it is Elif Shafak’s recounting of her struggle with postpartum depression. Because it is Mother’s Day, it is even more important to discuss literature that construes the dark and underrepresented side of motherhood. For the writer of some of my favourite books such as ‘The Bastard of Istanbul’, […]

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Books

The Spy by Paulo Coelho ― Book Review

Exploring the life of a 20th-century exotic dancer and courtesan in Paulo Coelho’s The Spy was exactly the kind of distraction I was hoping for. The story comes to life in the form of letters that Mata Hari wrote her lawyer towards the closing of her trial where she is found guilty for being a […]