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Earthenware Cyborg

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E yeballs rolled backwards
Into the dark dampness
Of cavernous grooved skull.

Inside-out eyes, veiny and bloody
Staring lightheartedly
At world it can no longer see.

Dream’s levee caved in
Debris past, present and future
Crashing onto shore

Don’t mention names
Just listen
To the tap, tap, tap of me,
Trickling away
Into a glass
Not half empty because broken
Like earthenware
Pots, and pans, and paradise

Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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