The Doppler Effect & Other Poems – Isabelle Baafi

The Doppler Effect & Other Poems Isabelle Baafi The Scarecrow if I turn away from light, head bowed from the sun’sadmonishing glare, peel off from this crucifyingwood and soil punished by a plough’s claw; if I stalk the village shadows, past the...

On the Sunny Side of the Street – Tolu Daniel

On the Sunny Side of the Street Tolu Daniel 1. Outside my small apartment on the west side of Manhattan, Kansas, the noise is staccato. Fireworks have been designing the evening like the canvas of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Excited American adults and teenagers...

Registers of Loss – Tendai Rinos Mwanaka

Registers of Loss Tendai Rinos Mwanaka Sometime in the mid-1990s this area the sand has taken over was our favourite pool to swim in, to bask in the sands, or on top of the rock you see disappearing to the left of the photo. he boys of our village would hang there,...

What They Don’t Tell You – Naledi Mashishi

What They Don’t Tell You Naledi Mashishi Mum always said that if you want to open your eyes, do community service.  I’ve been brought up in the shelter of a delicate cocoon. My life is cushioned by a suburban home with a fridge full of food, a comfortable bedroom with...

Abiku & Other Poems – Ogochukwu Ogbonna

Abiku & Other Poems Ogochukwu Ogbonna Orange Your mother’s face before church on Sundaysbecause you were too scaredto tell her that the foundation was not her shade*The drops of palm oil on the kitchen flooron those days when your mother cooked oha soup with...