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I like a crowded world. I like rooms, with or without windows. I like things in rooms. I like the color grey. I like ash and mud. I like the phoenix. I like corn cobs hanging down from the fire place. I like deserted homelands. I like portraits with invisible faces. I like blindness. I like pots with blackened bottoms. I like frying pans pretending to be pots. I like spoons with missing handles. I like any thing that flies. I like time. I like love in a time of death. I like the dead that refuse to die. I like fire when it crackles. I like laughter even when it cackles. I like pain so intense it is sweet. I like semen to be clear like fennel flower tea. I like staircases. I like plastic tiles. I like bathrooms with algae for walls. I like waterless wells. I like finding legless dolls in unexpected places. I like the way brides dream. I like the doubts of husbands. I like the first line of every poem. I like stories shouted against noisy motor cars. I like toe-flicking. I like finger-crossing. I like zebras. I like Winnie the pooh. I like Lady Macbeth.  I like lamps. I like smoke. I like sucking on discarded cigarettes stubs. I like trash. I like oranges, especially stolen ones. I like little girls caught in the rain. I like pins for pens. I like pens that remember their previous lives as knives. I like tears. I like spittle. I like coffee in all it pretense of empowerment. I like membranes. I like eyes, fishlike and dead. I like flesh. I like skin. I like white skin; it cannot lie about its mutilation. I like dark skin; it sorrows are secret. I like the last work of every novelist. I like authors and their lovers. I like poets and their dogs. I like miracles. I like speaking in tongues, the only moment when madness is cute. I like flowers. I like the Chinese Camellia, rare and pinkish, a child of the mountain forest, an emblem of spring.

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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.

2 Responses to “I Like…I Like…I Like…” Subscribe

  1. Cathrine December 16, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Hi – I’ve only just discovered your blog…. its fascinating and so gorgeously written.

    I love this post.

  2. Oyin Oludipe October 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Beautiful beautiful I like like like 🙂

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