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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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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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Brittle Paper Launches a New Story Series | Fall of the Gods by Anthony Azekwoh

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We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new story series titled The Fall of the Gods. It’s a cosmological fantasy. It tells the story of Odion, a troubled teenager who unwittingly gets drawn into a deadly warfare between Yoruba and Igbo gods. Brittle Paper readers are not new to our hit story […]

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Body Parts | By Kechi Nomu | Poetry

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In the ruins, I never account for the missing body parts. Never turn a body over. To do this is to count the dreams on a face.   I always speak about the forms of darkness I carry into these rooms. I want to tell you always why a carnage of blood is the measurement […]

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Homecoming | By Dami Lare | A Mosaic of Torn Places

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In May, we published A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology of stories by young Nigerian writers. Dami Lare’s “Homecoming” is taken from the anthology. * As a rock on the seashore he standeth firm, and the dashing of the sea waves disturbeth him not. He raises his head like a tower on a hill, […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: Libraries Make Me Nervous

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Dear Ms. Paper: Libraries are strange places. They make me nervous. I see these towering shelves stuffed with books and think of how little I’ve read. My heart begins to pound. My palms get sweaty. And those librarians. They look to me like creatures of an underworld. Why do I feel this way? Is there something […]

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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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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 […]