Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

William Nsai

On a morning in June
after it has rained all night,
it is easier to hear everything:
distant and repeated hammerings,
birdsong,  a ticking clock with the insisting seconds,
the urgency of lizards on a roof, the road.
If you held the tilt
of the glass in your hand,
one third full like a fluid frustum or something,
in reluctant ascension to your lips,
with the four ice cubes
you decided were chic melted in,
it is easier to pretend,
if you looked out of a window
long enough at the referential sun
incomprehensibly glittery in a pothole
that it still has the taste
of something.
This is the third listless morning after
you awoke from love.

 

Post image by William Nsai via 37th State Blog

 

kechi-nomu-portraitKechi Nomu writes from Warri, Nigeria. She recently took part in the first regional FEMRITE/AWDF non-fiction writing workshop. Her works have appeared in Saraba Magazine and elsewhere.

Tags: , , ,

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.

3 Responses to “Urban Mornings for People Who Have Nowhere to Go | by Kechi Nomu | A Poem” Subscribe

  1. Oyin Oludipe 2014/08/04 at 20:20 #

    Beautiful

  2. Ainehi Edoro 2014/08/04 at 20:27 #

    I agree 🙂

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Poetry from the #AWW14 team | ReadWomenWrite - 2014/10/16

    […] Kechi Nomu (Nigeria) – Other Valuable Angles and Urban mornings for people who have nowhere to go […]

Leave a Reply

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.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

Cassava Republic Warns Against the Deletion of Local Publishing Houses

cassava republic books

A few days ago, publishers Cassava Republic published on their site a trend in which Nigerian media de-prioritize the work […]

Crime-Writing as Political Engagement in Moroccan Literature

InstaBox_201861813422729

Among the best known Moroccan writers are Laila Lalami, UNESCO-Sharjah Prize winner Bensalem Himmich, Grand Atlas Prize winner Youssef Fadel, Prix Goncourt […]

Mo Abudu Announces Film Adaptation of Soyinka’s Death And The King’s Horseman

mo abudu WOLE-SOYINKA premium times

Nollywood personality Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Television, has announced a film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman. She […]

Writivism: Complaint About Public Slander by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire | Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

novuyo tshuma

Last week, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, author of House of Bones, lodged a formal complaint with the Writivism Board of Trustees, in […]

Chimamanda Adichie Awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter Prize for Her Courage

adichie - port

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter Prize. Named after Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate, […]

The Unfortunate Events Around Enkare Review: Statement from Troy Onyango

InstaBox_er-2018610174830952

The Enkare Review Collective released a statement yesterday regarding the erasure of the website. This is Troy Onyango’s statement in […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.