Untethering the self
from the everyday practice of life,
I become a ship unanchored

I feel a return to what is myself
True and unfaltering
To that, which has been mired by the
of details and exactitudes—
the petty duties that
strain and defer

Here and now
I feel more attuned to what is
and also what is
Discretely me

But shortly, the time will come
to head back to shore
And, once again,
drop the sails



Post image by Florent Chretien via Flickr

About the Author

Portrait - Kirby ManiàKirby Manià has a doctorate in English and has studied at the University of York (UK) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa). She currently lectures at Wits University, teaching English and Critical Thinking to students in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. Her work has appeared in New Contrast, Brittle Paper and The Kalahari Review.

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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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