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Being Black | By Hanna Ali | Poetry

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  Part 1 My skin takes three sessions on the sunbed to achieve It’s hard to perfect the darkness surrounding my elbows and Between my legs There are tones that have never seen sunlight And yet I am a black woman, not medium brown or Medium anything Full-lipped and stretch-marked so far that even on […]

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Oh! Rape | By Saloko Blessing | Poetry

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you ripped off her innocence, made her recoil into a shell of shame and pain, made her throw away the seed of trust. her trust was stripped, her thoughts clouded by you; you gave her no chance no fight, you isolated her heart. if only she knew, she would have chosen a different path. you […]

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Dear Genevieve | What Are You Reading? (pt. 9) | by Pa Ikhide

What are you reading? I am reading Jowhor Ile’s And After Many Days. I think I will stop reading this book for now. It is boring. I have tried jor. I am on page 49, and it keeps trying to force me to sleep. It starts out quiet and stays quiet like a mouse. It […]

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The Boy | By Ifeanyi Ikechukwu Daniel | A Story

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He is awake now even though he hadn’t really slept. His legs are set aflame by a million stinging bites. His arms and back are red, his face dotted. He ignores all this and climbs out from under the staircase where he sleeps with three other boys and a thirty-year-old man who sells books. It […]

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Gloom | By Ajah Henry | Poetry

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  Such a halo of gloom walks about with me this day. Like a thick fog of rainless cloud, getting thicker and heavier with every passing second. It robes me with the splendor of guilt and pain leaving me calm and clammy. So much have I battled to strip it off me that I have […]

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Homecoming | By Daniel Igiekhumhe | A Story

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“He never left a city without getting a souvenir for Mama. Lace from England. Shoes from Milan. Perfume from Turkey. Indian spices. Moroccan headgear. Leather bags from Kano.” *** The sun had not risen when he left Lagos. The long limbs of twilight played a slow game of police-catch-thief with the first signs of daylight. […]

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Pieces of a Still Life | By Tahirah Asturias-Lawrence | Fiction

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“There was something about Alberta. The woman was empty and longing for something, just like Freda, and like Freda she didn’t know what it was.” *** All she had were a few pieces of clothing she had thrown into a large crumpled plastic shopping bag. They were all she needed. The less the baggage, the […]

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For My Mother in Her Mid-90s | by Ama Ata Aidoo | A Poem

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We know you all love Ama Ata Aidoo’s plays and fiction. But do you know that she is a poet? She published two collections of poems in the ’80s and ’90s. Still, fans and readers seem to only celebrate her work as a playwright and a fiction writer. That is why we are excited that University […]

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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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Brunel International Poetry Prize Unveils 2017 Shortlist of Ten

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Ten poets have been named on the 2017 shortlist of Brunel University’s International African Poetry Prize. The announcement was made […]

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Last week, The New Yorker published a heavily-researched essay by Namwali Serpell in its Culture Desk section. Titled “The Zambian […]

Being Black | By Hanna Ali | Poetry

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  Part 1 My skin takes three sessions on the sunbed to achieve It’s hard to perfect the darkness surrounding […]