S.A. Khanum is a writer from the UK. She is the author of the chapbook Winged Thing released August 2017. She can be found lurking on tumblr at
WHAT INSPIRED ONE OF YOUR POEMS?
Rome falls’ feels wrong in its rightness to me. It’s got a metallic, cold feel to it and that’s because it’s a formation of dissected pieces from past failed poems. Perhaps I wanted that haphazard feel of human inadequacy, a skeletal feel of something becoming & then failing, reading it now I feel like Frankenstein trying poetry as a title would be more fitting.
TELL US AN OBSCURE THING YOU FIND INTERESTING ABOUT THE WORLD?
Mankind has landed on the moon, is actively searching for life on other planets but has yet to eradicate world hunger or poverty.
WHAT ODD, FUNNY OR INTERESTING FACT CAN YOU SHARE ABOUT YOUR WRITING HABITS OR PROCESS?
My writing process in itself is sporadic, days of nothing, then weeks of writing which amounts to as much as a grocery list would, it’s frustrating because I’m always in that state of feeling like I haven’t written anything of worth for like a century—dramatic I know. Poetry is my form of therapy, for this reason I don’t think I’ll ever be able to give it up. Unfortunately, I am unable to truly express how I feel, real words, they just seem too naked, too raw, it is much easier to talk in metaphor, purge everything, then come back with an axe or a saw, wait a week or a month, re-read and then try to comprehend what it was that I needed.
HOW MUCH RESEARCH DO YOU DO WHEN WRITING?
I think it depends on what you’re writing. If I’m on a purge day, which is often, I’ll just type whatever is on my mind. In the past I’ve researched certain myths, certain animals, I dislike getting anything factually wrong.
LASTLY, WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK KINGDOMS IN THE WILD?
First thought is freedom. Poetically: grinding wheat to flour, sunlight to skin.
ABOUT IN CONVERSATION
What makes a writer write? what resides behind the impulse to create a work of art? We have always been interested in these questions here at KITW. Incredibly, we’ve received such varied responses to the same four questions from each of our published writers, that we thought we’d share.
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