Cracked In Two

His cold hand sinks down on my chest Burdened by a heavy wheeze, a –                               breathtaking passion dances to the fervent pressure, pushing down at –                     besotted sounds, springing forth from this…

One Little Hello

Dried petals of black stained skin peel Around the edge Her wrinkled fingers waterlogged by blood, A dehydrated beat, slowing, slow that She wakens with a gentle tap. “Don’t leave me,” she whispers, Her palms embalmed around the organ. The alkali sea sheets the sand beneath her Soft, golden sponge Cushion her knees, moored as…

Nafisa

I ran as quickly as I could, turning the corner to reach where he had told me to go so I can get home. “That way is probably the best way,” he muttered hastily, his eyes nervous as I was leaving the falafel shop. “There won’t be any soldiers that way.” ‘What will my mother…

The Poetic Landscape of Rumi

Inside this new love, die. Your way begins on the other side. Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape. Walk out like someone suddenly born into colour. Do it now! You’re covered with thick cloud. Slide out the side. Die, And be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign That you’ve died….

Book Review: The Gülen Movement in Turkey

The Gülen Movement’s growing power and influence, followed by its public criticism of the AKP government in 2010 and 2013, and finally the coup attempt in July 2016, has led to an unprecedented crackdown on the Gülen Movement in Turkey. The purge has ousted thousands of employees from major state and civil society institutions, including…

Darkness Visible: Depression, Anxiety, Disassociation

A story of personal courage and the deliverance from an unrelenting suffering can have a great effect on the motivation of an audience, particularly those that feel crippled in their anguish and cannot appreciate the hope of any release from the prison they find themselves locked in. Indeed, as William Styron states: “The pain of…