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I Saw You Last Sunday

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I saw you last Sunday,
Shoulders propped against
An airless window,
Buttocks smashed atop
A wobbly bench,
Hands damp and renegade,
Clutching onto a bible—
The bible that always had that
Uncanny air of aloofness—

You appeared absorbed in
The theatre of redemption
Playing on the preacher’s
Reddish tongue—the preacher
You could not have seen
With those eyes glinting with rapture—

Gazing at the Far West
Where only dead stars go,
Where the Messiah
Has returned and with him
Our prophecy and our lust
Leaving us to nibble on finger nails
Until the merry funeral of our infernal future.

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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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