Things I Taught You (2)


Every thing begins to fade
in the afternoon. It is no trick
of my manias, It is the light.
It tells none of and all of the lies.
What is not already
dead is dying.

Then there will be you
and there will be me, sitting in a
lawn chair in the lucent circle
of Luna’s last fragment.
I will be smoking a cigarette
and re-memorizing your scent
by subtraction. When it hits
I hope I go first. I would rather
never be without you.



The image in the post is an adaptation of a photograph by Tessa Sheremeta via Flickr.

About the Author:

Portrait - AbidoyeDimeji Abidoye is twenty something and from Lagos. He has spent a bit of time reading African American surrealist writing and the time left over writing code.

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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.

2 Responses to “Retrograde Amnesia | by Dimeji Abidoye | African Poetry” Subscribe

  1. JMM 2016/07/19 at 8:45 am #

    “Rememorizing your scent by subtraction” – had to write that line down because it hit me in the stomach. Excellent poem, naipenda sana.

  2. nhlanhla 2016/07/27 at 6:48 am #

    lovely….i’d encourage u to bring mo of dat stuff.

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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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