Did you sail the arctic
and caught a cold
and returned to an aridness at home
and your wells apostatic to warmth
Did this cold seize your wick
Did your infection kill the birds
Did you die after the years

Your epitaph read, I guess by a dear friend
who remembered
‘Do not sail the arctic’



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Carl TerverCarl Terver is a lover of Bob Marley. His brow arching has become a trait. His insistence on quality in lettered works is to a fault. He’s a chess player and a New Yorker reader, and one day wants to become an Adam Gopnik.

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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.

3 Responses to “Do Not Sail the Arctic | by Carl Terver | African Poetry” Subscribe

  1. Susan 2016/01/11 at 6:42 am #

    Hi Ainehi,
    Love the poem — but wondering if the title is misspelled. Should it be “Do not sail the arctic’? (‘Arctic” is spelled correctly within the poem itself.)

  2. Ainehi Edoro 2016/01/11 at 6:44 am #

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks so much for pointing out the typo. The correction has been made. Hope you had a lovely holiday.

  3. Oyin Oludipe 2016/01/11 at 11:37 am #

    A vivid yet fragile poem. But I am curious in a different manner: why did you sail the arctic??

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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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