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...

The Witr Prayer & Other Poems – Salma Abdulatif

The Witr Prayer & Other Poems – Salma Abdulatif

The Witr Prayer & Other Poems Salma AbdulatifThe Witr Prayer They are five, an odd number, like the witr prayer. The eldest is as calm as a bikrah in a white shroud. The second is the most talkative, her hair the softness of the drops that fall on the April meads....

Three Poems – Lillian Akampurira Aujo

Three Poems – Lillian Akampurira Aujo

Three Poems Lillian Akampurira Aujodiscovery we wonder how to un-tetherfrom the wreaths of our pasts; what weaves the sea,the waves together where our tears gatherin dirge bewailing the heft of loss& sinking inun-belonging wishing to unlockthe noose of...

At Elmina Castle, I Bleed & Other Poems – Sarpong Osei Asamoah

At Elmina Castle, I Bleed & Other Poems – Sarpong Osei Asamoah

At Elmina Castle, I Bleed & Other Poems Sarpong Osei AsamoahAt Elmina Castle, I Bleed I climb like sea saltUp bedrock bigger than the moon, I swear.My feet clomping upon the sacred grey.I want them to hear my coming, my dead.I lift my head and concrete is not...

There Is Fire in His Woods – Omodero David Oghenekaro

There Is Fire in His Woods – Omodero David Oghenekaro

There Is Fire in His Woods Omodero David OghenekaroWho has believed our message and to whom has the arm of Godbeen revealed?– Isaiah 53:1 Speaking of roads that gasify intoLimbless staggering dreams                    midway down themMemory constrains me to the...

The Ghost of SX MPhil – Kanyinsola Olorunnisola

The Ghost of SX MPhil – Kanyinsola Olorunnisola

The Ghost of SX MPhil Kanyinsola Olorunnisola“I stand at the threshold of cyberspace and wonder, am I unwelcome here, too?” – Essex Hemphill I’m dying all over again & this time, there are no rooms for me in cyberspace, so I carry my trauma elsewhere. I call my...

Two Poems – Yasmina Nuny Silva

Two Poems – Yasmina Nuny Silva

Two Poems Yasmina Nuny SilvaSurviving, one way or another 16/01/20 - 21/02/20 ILuanda - GCM The sun hasn’t yet risen when you open your eyes, though the cocks have been crowing stubbornly for you to wake upwith the rest of your compatriots who are already on their way...

Lost Mourning & Other Poems – Maya Lewis

Lost Mourning & Other Poems – Maya Lewis

Lost Mourning & Other Poems Maya Lewis Lost Mourning the burial: no more than dirt on chest; i, we cry tears                     for                           ancestry lost:goto their place        of rest(if you can find it; if not your backyard will do)burrow...

Gathering of Spirits & Other Poems – Umar Abubakar Sidi

Gathering of Spirits & Other Poems – Umar Abubakar Sidi

Gathering of Spirits & Other Poems Umar Abubakar SidiGathering of Spirits During my first trip to Cuba, in 1944as a child, I observed that different orders of realityappear to disturb the dreams besetby the Orisha and ancestral spirits of African origin A painter...

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