Shloka Shankar

Plotting Impediments

Original Recipe
Writing sounds like a space
that no word has ever entered;

the beginnings of some-
thing personal in your most
indifferent hour.

Turn your attention
to this growing familiarity,

rediscover a heap of half-broken
things where movement has room.

Nobody can find the original
recipe for perfection.


Shloka Shankar is a freelance writer from Bangalore, India. She loves experimenting with Japanese short-forms of poetry, as well as found/remixed pieces alike. Her poems have most recently appeared in Spillwords, Failed Haiku, Poetry WTF?!, Infinity's Kitchen, Under the Basho, and so on. Shloka is the founding editor of Sonic Boom.

Plotting Impediments is a punctuation translation of Shakespeare's Sonnet #116. The source texts for Original Recipe are Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet and two poems by John Ashbery.
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