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We settled into the warmth only,

Only those shadows could give, broke

Sunbeams into three.

One for you and I, two for every single knoll I

Crossed on this river of rediscovering you.

We flecked shadows on the walls, watched

Our touches sizzle, felt them crawl into spaces humid as

The heart.

And like those years before the year we wrote the epitaph

 on us. I held you in my arms,

your eyes: the tense in every present.


Image in post comes from Fabrice Monteiro’s work capturing moments on the beaches of Gorée Island via African Digital Arts. Check out more of Monteiro’s work HERE. Pretty cool stuff. 

Gbenga Adesina Portrait2Gbenga Adesina is a poet, an essayist and a collector of fictions across languages.

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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.

4 Responses to “Rediscovery by Gbenga Adesina | Brittle Paper Poetry” Subscribe

  1. Kiru Taye April 14, 2014 at 5:27 am #


  2. Yinka Elujoba April 28, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Fine poem Gbenga. Great to read something from you 🙂

  3. kemisola July 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    This is lovely Gbenga, u can always do better.


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