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I Hear a Few More Things When Bob Dylan Says ‘a Hard Rain’s a-gonna Fall’ | Chisom Okafor | Poetry

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My father plays a song aloud on Sundays, that begins with ‘Where’ve you been my blue-eyed girl?’ We scream on the other side, the next-door neighbor who is 65, (steals our rain-water overnight) and wakes to a full pee-bucket, the body of a whale, and balls of fart, giggling their way out, pours a barrel […]

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Dreams, Remember Yesterday | Elizabeth Semende | Poetry

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Dreams: This hole is a grave where dreams toss and turn, Touch the wind and sway with it. See the taller defecate on stunted grass, Dare peel a wall and greet the paint within. The girl wishes to delete her scalp so hair will bud. The boy’s mind is a breathing ghost; a man touched […]

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Translating Guinea-Bissau’s First English-Language Novel | by Jethro Soutar

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In June, we brought news of the publication of the first ever novel from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into Englis.  Abdulai Sila’s The Ultimate Tragedy, published in 1995, was originally written in Portuguese. The English translation was published by Dedalus Books and launched at the Africa Writes festival in July. Jethro Soutar is the translator. In […]

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Hugging You Will Always Be an Awkward Thing | D. E. Benson | Poetry

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“hugging you will always be an awkward thing no, i have never feared receiving sacrament from the lips of other men once I had the holy water wash the seeds of sin down my oesophagus but you? the curl of your arms reaches like God’s they steep from earth to heaven into a shoulder hanging […]

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A Motherless Race: Three Poems | By Goodnews Mememugh Karibo

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Recalling Losses It was the same night you walked out into a car that drove you off. I called you Laraba. you took the sun off from your eyes and dropped it in the middle of sulking orphans. for once you were kind. kindness was the oil of your soul. I loved you the way […]

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What It Means to Grow Up without You | By Funge-owei Michael Nemine | Poetry

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I was bare, assailable, groping For your wings to run over me And lace me with warmth. But you never came. The night showed me your shadow, Weeping and groping around my wall. The wind brought you through the window And you hovered around the little lamp And ran the shadows of your fingers over […]

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The Soymilk Woman’s Gift | By Ndukwu Joseph Omoh | Poetry

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  I live with the words of many men Going in my head. I have become attached to syntax, To larynx. I have become squeezed every hour in that small space between the heart and lungs, Hungering to nail myself to a history Whose colour I know but whose sounds I have yet to learn. […]

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A Confession in Three Movements | By Moyosore Orimoloye | Poetry

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And he who has none, even that which he has shall be taken from him. – Mark 4:25b. I Brethren, I know this message to be true. I was seventeen and had just lost love— to fellows like you. Immediately, in fulfillment of the Word, a door of losses opened unto me. She cited studies […]

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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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I Hear a Few More Things When Bob Dylan Says ‘a Hard Rain’s a-gonna Fall’ | Chisom Okafor | Poetry

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My father plays a song aloud on Sundays, that begins with ‘Where’ve you been my blue-eyed girl?’ We scream on […]

The 2017 Babishai Haiku Prize Goes to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu

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The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award has gone to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu for his three haikus: “last night’s rain,” “in the […]

Dreams, Remember Yesterday | Elizabeth Semende | Poetry

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Dreams: This hole is a grave where dreams toss and turn, Touch the wind and sway with it. See the […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s New Short Story Is All Love, Class and Multiculturalism

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new short story in Harper’s Bazaar, a brief one titled “How Did You Feel About It?,” is all […]

Translating Guinea-Bissau’s First English-Language Novel | by Jethro Soutar

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In June, we brought news of the publication of the first ever novel from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into Englis.  […]

Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and […]