As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.
Let’s start by talking about creativity — what does creativity mean to you?
what does creativity mean… it is the time when I let my inner thoughts drift away, when they are wild and free, trespassing all temporal and spacial barriers. It is the moment when my conscious is quiescented, and my unconscious perches on the evanescent, chaotic, traumatic, mirifical, and gossamery moments.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
I started to write more seriously and constantly after my breakup with an Englishman, perhaps four years ago, who himself taught me how to write poetry, and wrote about me. I wrote a whole collection of poems that revolve around him. Poetry, at that particular phase, had the effect of an antidote on me. Now, I resort to my traumatic childhood as my poetic muse. I mudlark the most poignant and bitter moments to write about.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
my most memorable creative experience…perhaps it was when I recited my poems in front of a coterie of writers and artists two years ago. It was my first time to do so. It was at a traditional Café in Sousse, Tunisia.
People approach creativity in such different ways! What about you? What is your creative routine? Do you know of any quirky habits or creative superstitions?
Indeed, like any poet or artist, I acquainted myself to certain habits that facilitate for me the process of being inspired, to mention some: listening to old and outdated poems, reflecting on my past, and even at times waver between personalities and sentiments… I like experimenting to see things from all dimensions.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
I love letting things find me, not vice versa. Hence, whenever I am inspired, albeit busy, I find some time. I should!
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
Just write… writing is not something to be taught. Everyone can write and so you do. Just think deeply in the things you quotidianly encounter, the things that you love, detest, the things that haunt you, torment you, traumatise you, and write about them. do not focus on being published. you will harvest that later, but first plant the seeds. ‘The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt”, says Silvia Plath. Kill it and write.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
in five years, I wish to be an essayist and novelist along with being a poet, while teaching literature or creative writing at universities.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
ilhem issaoui is a 24-year-old Tunisian translator and poetry and short stories writer. Some of her poems and short stories have appeared both online and in print.
She is also the author of a collection of poems entitled Fragments of a Wounded Soul.
You Can Find Ilhem Here
Read Ilhem’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
‘I Painted Her’ — p. 120