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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

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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