A Generation of Fragile Things – Nana Afadua Ofori-Atta

A Generation of Fragile Things Nana Afadua Ofori-Atta A man is a fragile thing. Men stopped dying centuries ago, and no one knows why. They fade now. That is a death too, an elaborate one, but a death all the same. A man’s body is dependent on the respect he receives...

Deep Afield – Eric Otieno Sumba

Deep Afield Eric Otieno Sumba “To search for home in the strangest places, and find it” – Anja Saleh (from “to be the ruin” in Soon, The Future of Memory) You kept busy, exploring London for a few sunny autumn days after a conference in Windsor. Unfazed by the sensory...

Writing Home – Rod Martinez

Writing Home Rod Martinez The house I was raised in was built in 1908 in a historic section of Tampa, Florida called Ybor City. Ybor was formed by Cuban entrepreneur Vicente Martinez-Ybor in the 1880s. An influx of Cubans came to the Tampa area to work in the cigar...

Your Body Is Not Yours – Shalom Esene

Your Body Is Not Yours Shalom Esene (i) How did you learn that your body is a weapon to be disguised? An assortment of clothes piled high on your mother’s bed: old sweaters, new ankara shirts. You squeeze in and out of dresses. You frown into the mirror. Your mother...