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Iskah E Shirah



Booksie Address: http://www.booksie.com/Iskah_E_Shirah
Country: United States
Favorite book: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Member Since: Jan 26, 2013

Featured Writing

Boxing Week

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 18, 2014
Just one of those weeks...

Poet Slime

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 18, 2014
On overanalysing poetry.

Superman's Brother

Short Story by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jul 22, 2013
In which everything you thought you knew about Superman...
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Does the Moon Cycle Affect How Quickly Milk Goes Bad?

Article by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jul 18, 2013
An utterly serious scientific proposal.

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Signing Utopia

Novel by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Apr 8, 2013
For The Challenge 2013 by coolbadgirl.

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The Prince, the Fool, and the Monster

Novel by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 17, 2013
A collection of poems, arranged in no particular order,...

Carving Names on Yggdrasil

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 1, 2013
"An ash I know there stands, Yggdrasil is its name, a...

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Render Me Perfect

Novel by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Feb 15, 2013
Welcome to the city that has no night, where everyone is...

Writers are We

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 28, 2013
Eleven lines of metaphor.

Writing Portfolio

Boxing Week

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 18, 2014
Just one of those weeks...

Poet Slime

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 18, 2014
On overanalysing poetry.

After Armageddon

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Dec 16, 2013
A metaphor on mass procrastination.

Sing No More--Not Yet

Short Story by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Sep 6, 2013
It was supposed to be a personal *essay*, but since it...

A Good Way to Go Insane

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Aug 15, 2013
All of Wednesday; most of Thursday; probably Friday, too.

Superman's Brother

Short Story by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jul 22, 2013
In which everything you thought you knew about Superman...

Does the Moon Cycle Affect How Quickly Milk Goes Bad?

Article by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jul 18, 2013
An utterly serious scientific proposal.

Iconoclast Heretic

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jul 3, 2013
My thoughts; they might be considered sacrilegious.

Fear of Failure: A Peptalk for Writers

Article by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jul 2, 2013
Hit a snag? Read here for Wrimo-esque encouragement!

Jazz from a distanse

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jun 22, 2013
My thoughts on jazz.

Glitter like Glass

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jun 22, 2013
Inspired by...

Deer Hunter

Short Story by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jun 16, 2013
For a flash fiction competition.

Smother You

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jun 12, 2013
I was reading "In the Words of a Friend" by my friend...

Possible Entry for Virtual's Challenge

Novel by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jun 9, 2013
I *think* this will end up as what I thought it would...

Ice Cream on the Band Room Steps

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: May 28, 2013
We sat and had ice cream in the sunlight; it was the...

Poor Impotent Fool

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: May 22, 2013
Not the same Fool as in The Prince, the Fool, and the...

But I Can Always

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: May 14, 2013
For Feathers–God help her; no one else can.

Tell Me About

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: May 10, 2013
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poetry is

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: May 9, 2013
I don't especially like this poem but I'll post it...

Sketch of a Friend

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: May 5, 2013
A close friend is really taking a beating from life, and...

Point of Contraction

Essay by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: May 3, 2013
I wrote this in February, and a lot has changed since...

Justifying Civil Disobedience in the Modern Context

Article by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Apr 21, 2013
This was an assignment. Feel free to be offended by my...

He Caught Me

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Apr 20, 2013
The Prince won (not that I mind it).

Signing Utopia

Novel by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Apr 8, 2013
For The Challenge 2013 by coolbadgirl.

Panic and Pocophobia

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 21, 2013
This is what I feel when I think about taking a nurse's...

I Gave You a Walking Stick, My Fool

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 19, 2013
Prepare, O Fool; prepare.

Give Me a Walking Stick, My Prince

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 19, 2013
A promise to the Peacely Prince who once had ruled the Fool.

The Prince, the Fool, and the Monster

Novel by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 17, 2013
A collection of poems, arranged in no particular order,...

Relapsed

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 16, 2013
Giving in. Again.

Alive--Breathe

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 16, 2013
Completing the arc of "Burning Midnight Wanderings" and...

Fool's Freedom

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 16, 2013
If you want to go splat, isn't it right for everyone else...

Another Year, a Little Longer, with You

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 15, 2013
He genuinely thought I didn't care at all whether he...

On Things Yet to Come

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 4, 2013
Title taken from a work by EJ Rylee, one of the best...

Carving Names on Yggdrasil

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Mar 1, 2013
"An ash I know there stands, Yggdrasil is its name, a...

Things were Wonderful with You

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Feb 15, 2013
I think I initially meant this to be a song, but I'm not...

Render Me Perfect

Novel by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Feb 15, 2013
Welcome to the city that has no night, where everyone is...

Honorific Seargeant of the First World War

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 28, 2013
You see me walking past in the grimy London street;...

The Defense of a Broken Teacup

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 28, 2013
Seriously? No.

Baby Nephew

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 28, 2013
On the car ride home, when he was still an infant.

Contemplations on a Midnight Moon

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 28, 2013
Thoughts I had one July night in the relatively recent past.

Burning Midnight Wanderings

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 28, 2013
I've got a funny kind of monster in my closet...

Writers are We

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 28, 2013
Eleven lines of metaphor.

SONNET 15

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 27, 2013
"Look, it isn't you, it's...well, it's not me either."

Give Us Justice

Short Story by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 27, 2013
In Puritan New England, two underage convicts must take...

Broken Wishings

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 27, 2013
Written when I realized that, for the first time ever, I...

No Man's Land

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 27, 2013
When my family went to war against itself.

whores, all of us

Poem by Iskah E Shirah
Posted: Jan 27, 2013
An extended metaphor of what I see in my city, in my...



[If you want an editor, check out the end of my profile :D]

I grew up in Africa. Had to get your attention somehow ;P Anyways, I really was raised in Kenya, and now I live stateside. Writing is sort of instinctive for me, like how cats hunt moths. One moment I'm totally fine, the next I'm springing about, wild-eyed, high on adrenaline, going, "Omigodomigodomigod I've got the best friggin' idea for a friggin' story in the history of friggin'ness!" And then I start jumping at the window.

Not all my writing is good, and I know it, of course. So if you want to tell me that my poem sucks, do! Please do--but make sure you tell me EXACTLY what sucks and exactly why. Alternately, if you think I am a Deity of Words brought nigh unto the world that it may learn from my genius, and so desireth to tell unto me this thought, then you had better be able to cite the sentence wherein my godhood shone through unto thine eyes. (The point is, I want to know what I'm doing right and wrong; generalistic laudatory/undercutting statements are unhelpful and I file them into the "Do Not Bother With" box.)

And let me amend the preceding with this: I like hyperbole as much as the next crazy word-god, but please try to keep the superlatives to a minimum when critiquing. (Unless they are hilarious. Then leave them in, that I may laugh at thy genius wit). I promise to do the same when commenting on your work.

And I'll just confess it here: I'm a poetry snob. Not by choice, though: all I've done for the past six months is read and analyze works by classic British poets, from Chaucer all the way up to Eliot. So it's really my English teacher's fault. Anyways, I mentally compare every poem to that of a relatively comparable classic poet, which means that if I make a condescending remark on a poem of yours, I'm not trying to be mean, and I hope you don't take offense. Please don't take offense. It's just really hard to ignore T. S. Eliot (he won't stop reciting "The Hollow Men" in my subconscious).

ATTENTION!!! I am offering editorial services to my fellow Booksians :D Paste the work into an email and send it to iskah.editor@gmail.com and tell me what specifically you want (ie. just spelling, spelling and punctuation, grammar/spelling/punctuation, style, etc.), otherwise I will just do grammar/punctuation and minimal amounts of style. Note that I reserve the right to choose which pieces I edit; I am human, after all. BUT, if I specifically left you a comment, then I will definitely edit what you send me :D So, open up your various email providers, and let the madness commence!!

Approximate Times for Editing

Poetry and short stories under 8 pages: one week barring zombie apocalypses/insanity in my life.

Short stories between 8 and 30 pages: two to three weeks, barring nuclear apocalypses/insanity in my life.

Novellas (between 30 and 100 pages): three to four weeks, barring robot apocalypses/insanity in my life.

Novels between 100 and 350 pages: four to six weeks barring above listed circumstances.

Novels between 350 and 600 pages: six to eight weeks barring above listed circumstances.

Anything longer than 600 pages: an immediate reply asking how in the world you have written that much; six to eight weeks for the first 600 pages, however many weeks correspond to the remaining number of pages.

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