The Doppler Effect & Other Poems – Isabelle Baafi

The Doppler Effect & Other Poems – Isabelle Baafi

The Doppler Effect & Other Poems Isabelle BaafiThe 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 schoolhouse,through...

Moonstruck & Other Poems – Nailah Mathews

Moonstruck & Other Poems – Nailah Mathews

Moonstruck & Other Poems Nailah Mathewsmoonstruck the city below is red-wounded         burning. purple haze fentanyl-laced,             she tap dances on a cliff-face                                                        the sort of thing you could fall in love...

The Grace of the Mountain & Other Poems – U.A Edwardson

The Grace of the Mountain & Other Poems – U.A Edwardson

The Grace of the Mountain & Other Poems U.A EdwardsonThe Grace of the Mountain a. The body hesitates toward the water and the valley serenadesinto the mouth/ around the edges licking skies wearing hue, the body blooms/ away without scent the feet tuck into rock,...

How Human It Is to Be Hungry – Jae Eason

How Human It Is to Be Hungry – Jae Eason

How Human It Is to Be Hungry Jae EasonChicken bones rest scattered on a plate, surrounded by the crumbs of a newly eaten steak. Cherry Kool-Aid stained lip-shaped on the side of the cup; artificial red remnants pool in its base. A pecan pie slice sits on the side of...

The Migration of White Crows – Ejiro Edward

The Migration of White Crows – Ejiro Edward

The Migration of White Crows Ejiro EdwardPrayer for the dead: Inna lillahi wa ina ilayhi wa raji’un. About 200 people were buried following killings of civilians by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Zamfara state, with many still unaccounted for. – Aljazeera This city has...

Two Poems – Raquel Lima

Two Poems – Raquel Lima

Two Poems Raquel LimaI open one more drawer I open one more drawersearching for hidden answers about my incomplete existenceand in the arduous task of putting pieces together of a fragmented puzzleshattered by cold waterin different corners of the worldI have no sense...

Two Poems – Chiwenite Onyekwelu

Two Poems – Chiwenite Onyekwelu

Two Poems Chiwenite OnyekweluScreenplay In the neighbourhood block,some eight kids are playing war.Above their heads, a falconhovers, leaving enough blackholes to swallow the sun.On the map, something is burning.I watch them through a spotfrom the blind: the youngest...

Baartman and Me – Linathi Makanda

Baartman and Me – Linathi Makanda

Baartman and Me Linathi MakandaYou turn to the side and your lower body says“Who are we if not extensions of ancestral tears?” And you want to tell it  “No, it is Baartman now that sits at the top part of my buttocks and this time, the show is ours. It is her and I....

Lagos Is a Watershed Dream & Other Poems – Olajide Salawu

Lagos Is a Watershed Dream & Other Poems – Olajide Salawu

Lagos Is a Watershed Dream & Other Poems Olajide SalawuLagos Is a Watershed Dream The vein of this city is tiny.There are no rooms to writeunholy things. All God’swants are biodegradable. When it rainsI have no name for this city but dirt.When it rains sharks come...

Soucriant Robot Killings & Other Poems – Kwasi Shade

Soucriant Robot Killings & Other Poems – Kwasi Shade

Soucriant Robot Killings & Other Poems Kwasi ShadeCocks Who Drag When one wants to lovewearing late-night westernsbedazzled on the Avenuein heels pushed up hindsightwhere I started to thin. Tonight wears a ragged sky, a skirt, sat borrowed lasheslong beams...

The Persistence of Memory & Other Poems – Animashaun Ameen

The Persistence of Memory & Other Poems – Animashaun Ameen

The Persistence of Memory & Other Poems Animashaun AmeenInferno I am losing myself in all the languages of the worldI say khasara in Arabic, you say loss in English butthe finality of this is still felt on both of our tongues. Again, it is Friday & I am torn...

In This Heart You Burn & Other Poems – Precious Okpechi

In This Heart You Burn & Other Poems – Precious Okpechi

In This Heart You Burn & Other Poems Precious Okpechithe poet dreams everything will go backwards.& you, a perplexed observer, will see: the leavesrock the wind, the roots hold the earth,see the sun hover above the white clouds, & the watersno longer...

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