Osman Khalid Butt is a twenty-seven year old actor, director, choreographer, writer and video-blogger based in Islamabad, and is also a self-professed struggling-artist stereotype. A journalism graduate, he is the co-founder of Desi Writers’ Lounge, as well as poetry editor and creative consultant for Papercuts. He has also remained a freelance writer for Instep, The News, as well as the Editor of the web-zine Text Teen, and wrote his first screenplay for the indie-horror movie ‘Siyaah’, which released nationwide in 2013. Though he has dabbled in television, TVCs and film, theatre remains his first love; he has directed four productions under the banner of his company, ‘The Living Picture Productions’, one of which he wrote himself. He has also collaborated with the Lahore Grammar School, Islamabad, directing three plays with its student body, and regularly gives theatre workshops across the country. He says he juggles all of this by drinking too much Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster for his own good.
I Shall Sleep Now, Lest I Not Find My Incubus Tonight
My dreams are often black
an enactment of my scripted
switchblade romance; joining ebony
and ivory by the hip.
And now, as I
autumn’s residue dances in the zephyr; withered
leaves whispering ruefully of the shade they can no
longer provide; a requiem
shed blood, shed blood, shed –
This sharp edge; my grip
dahlias bloom in this
A Children’s Rhyme
“Lizzie Borden took an axe