Articles of Antiquity: Interview With Iman N. Milner

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Iman Milner is an actress, author and writer living in Los Angeles. Her book of poetry On Breakups and Beginnings is deeply personal and immediately felt through the soul of her heart. 

WHAT MADE YOU CREATE "ON BREAKUPS AND BEGINNINGS"?

My four year relationship ended abruptly, the first poem in the book is exactly how it happened, and I was devastated. But I knew that I could either use my pain or let it eat me up---so I wrote the book. 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WRITING?

I love the feeling you get when you're really in the zone---if you're writing a script, it's when the character's words seem like part of your DNA---if it's a book, it's when the next poem or chapter comes naturally. It's a safe space for me. Whether its screenwriting, blogging or poetry---I know that my voice is safe in my words. And that breaks down any fear or uncertainty about whether or not my thoughts matter.

WHAT WAS THE PROCESS LIKE CREATING "ON BREAKUPS AND BEGINNINGS"?

It was initially just journal entries. Whenever I would start to think overwhelming and sad thoughts, I'd journal. And I'd just keep writing and sometimes a poem would come out in the middle---like in musicals when someone's just inspired to sing instead of speak---it was that for me. I couldn't put into words the gravity of the betrayal and rejection I was feeling so I gave it romantic language and the book was born. 

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