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19 September 2014 ♥ 27

On September 11th, 2001,
airplanes did not just fly
into the World Trade Center.
They flew into people’s homes-
through television, radio,
telephone, Internet,
newspaper and magazine;
news outlets everywhere.

September 11th, 2001,
the day last names
were attacked,
arrested, detained,
changed, and erased,
not for the first time.
Faiths set on fire,
cultures bombed,
beliefs crumbled
to pavement.

September 11th, 2001,
The day planes were
flown through
the veils of women,
set fire to beards of men,
to pages of a holy book.
The day those planes
massacred an entire religion.

September 11th, 2001,
the day parents were executed
in the street behind their home,
children orphaned,
those unable to even recite
the colours of the American flag.

September 11th, 2001,
the day colours of freedom
changed from red white blue
to red red red and more red.

On September 11th, 2001,
airplanes did not just fly
into the World Trade Center.
They flew into people’s homes-
into people’s hearts.
In the form of fear,
and bullets, and
drone strikes.

September 11th, 2001,
the day the largest
military power in the world
could justify their violence,
and not be challenged.

September 11th, 2001,
the beginning of a trial
in which the only verdict
is guilty guilty guilty;
more death more suffering
is the sentence for those
who never committed
the crimes they are
being punished for.

If revenge equates to justice
and oppression is its gavel,
then freedom is Ground Zero.
Do not forget September 11th, 2001.
The day America felt its tremors,
and the entire world mourned.


— Nav K (via navk)

12 September 2014 ♥ 1558

navk:

CHEAP THERAPY: TO BE DISCONTINUED

My first book of poetry and prose, CHEAP THERAPY will be going out of print by the end of 2014. In addition, digital copies will also no longer be available. 

Sales of paperback and digital copies will be terminated roughly around December 31, 2014

As a result, it is currently going on sale on all current platforms for a final reduced price, for all 265 pages.  

  • Amazon - Paperback
  • Kindle - Kindle Ebook (can also be read without a Kindle device on Amazon’s free Kindle reader)
  • B&N - Paperback 

  • Etsy - Digital - $3.45
  • PayHip - Digital - $3.45
7 September 2014 ♥ 97
navk:

One (of the many) typewriter fails of my first typewriter poem, typed on a print of one of my photos. Looking back at it now, it has a different sort of feel to it.

navk:

One (of the many) typewriter fails of my first typewriter poem, typed on a print of one of my photos. Looking back at it now, it has a different sort of feel to it.

5 September 2014 ♥ 105
navk:

navk:

It’s finally here. Finally complete. This project has been my baby since its conception (pun partially intended). I don’t mean to brag, and I rarely ever do, but it’s absolutely beautiful. This is the result of two years worth of research, a year worth of writing, rewriting, editing, and twenty years of experience. As well as the tremendous time and effort put in by two extremely talented artists: my brilliant illustrator Ravneet Sehmbi ( ravsehmbi ) & my technical consultant/graphic designer for everything, my brother Naafi ( xafain ) . This book is my pride. Not because I’ve spent so much time on it, but because it encompasses the collective journey of so many. This book is about immigrants, and seeing as we are literally a country made up of immigrants, I hope you are able to find yourself somewhere in these words and illustrations. By Bodies of Water - Available worldwide beginning August 17 on Amazon and other major online retailers wherever books are sold.

By Bodies of Water, now available on Amazon. 

navk:

navk:

It’s finally here. Finally complete. This project has been my baby since its conception (pun partially intended). I don’t mean to brag, and I rarely ever do, but it’s absolutely beautiful. This is the result of two years worth of research, a year worth of writing, rewriting, editing, and twenty years of experience. As well as the tremendous time and effort put in by two extremely talented artists: my brilliant illustrator Ravneet Sehmbi ( ravsehmbi ) & my technical consultant/graphic designer for everything, my brother Naafi ( xafain ) . This book is my pride. Not because I’ve spent so much time on it, but because it encompasses the collective journey of so many. This book is about immigrants, and seeing as we are literally a country made up of immigrants, I hope you are able to find yourself somewhere in these words and illustrations. By Bodies of Water - Available worldwide beginning August 17 on Amazon and other major online retailers wherever books are sold.

By Bodies of Water, now available on Amazon

5 September 2014 ♥ 82
navk:

navk:

Odyssey
An immigrant  is never at home,  never at peace,  or relief,  or respite…
- Portion of a poem from By Bodies of Water. Illustration by Ravneet Sehmbi. Cc: ravsehmbi

Find this poem and others in By Bodies of Water, now available on Amazon. 

navk:

navk:

Odyssey

An immigrant
is never at home,
never at peace,
or relief,
or respite…

- Portion of a poem from By Bodies of Water. Illustration by Ravneet Sehmbi. Cc: ravsehmbi

Find this poem and others in By Bodies of Water, now available on Amazon

5 September 2014 ♥ 55
navk:

navk:

If your tears should produce rivers that shape  landscapes,  let your laughter  be the force  which shapes  continents.
If your sadness  is a monsoon,  let your happiness  be the ocean.
- Nav K
Illustration by Ravneet Sehmbi ravsehmbi #bybodiesofwater

Find this poem and others in By Bodies of Water, now available on Amazon. 

navk:

navk:

If your tears
should produce
rivers that shape
landscapes,
let your laughter
be the force
which shapes
continents.

If your sadness
is a monsoon,
let your happiness
be the ocean.

- Nav K

Illustration by Ravneet Sehmbi
ravsehmbi #bybodiesofwater

Find this poem and others in By Bodies of Water, now available on Amazon

5 September 2014 ♥ 159
navk:

navk:

It is often forgotten  that despite our  outward appearances,  the colour which stains  the insides of each of  our vessels are one  and the same.
- Nav K. Illustration by Ravneet Sehmbi ravsehmbi

Find this poem and others in By Bodies of Water, now available on Amazon. 

navk:

navk:

It is often forgotten
that despite our
outward appearances,
the colour which stains
the insides of each of
our vessels are one
and the same.

- Nav K. Illustration by Ravneet Sehmbi ravsehmbi

Find this poem and others in By Bodies of Water, now available on Amazon

5 September 2014 ♥ 177
navk:

By Bodies of Water Nav K, Illustrations by Ravneet Sehmbi
Amazon || Kindle || CreateSpace || Etsy || Payhip

navk:

By Bodies of Water
Nav K, Illustrations by Ravneet Sehmbi

Amazon || Kindle || CreateSpace || Etsy || Payhip

5 September 2014 ♥ 36
navk:

BY BODIES OF WATER, Naveed A. Khan & Ravneet Sehmbi 
Serving as both an excursion and a discourse on immigrant struggle, By Bodies of Water not only attempts to trace ethnic heritage and provide a voice to the émigré experience, but also seeks to disrupt Western thought on diasporic bodies. The text is completed by rich and detailed illustrations by Ravneet Sehmbi.
Amazon || Kindle || B&N || CreateSpace || Etsy || Payhip

navk:

BY BODIES OF WATER, Naveed A. Khan & Ravneet Sehmbi 

Serving as both an excursion and a discourse on immigrant struggle, By Bodies of Water not only attempts to trace ethnic heritage and provide a voice to the émigré experience, but also seeks to disrupt Western thought on diasporic bodies. The text is completed by rich and detailed illustrations by Ravneet Sehmbi.

Amazon || Kindle || B&N || CreateSpace || Etsy || Payhip

5 September 2014 ♥ 91
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