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Chibok by Jen Thorpe

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Six months
Is almost enough time
To create
A new person.

Over two hundred
Should be enough
To garner some
Consistent, persistent, resistance.

Those on the road
To the nowhere
Somewhere
Elsewhere
The girls are now,
Didn’t they see?
Don’t they know
Something,
Anything?

Waiting with Patience for Goodluck
Has left a silence
Where answers could be,
And empty beds
Where girls could be.

If they were oil, they would have been found
But they are just girls.
Or they were when they were taken.
Six months
Is enough time.

 

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About the Author

Jen Thorpe - profileJen Thorpe is a feminist writer and researcher from Cape Town, South Africa. She is a passionate advocate for women’s rights and has worked in this field for six years. She has an MA in Politics from Rhodes University, and recently completed her first novel ‘The Peculiars’ through the UCT Creative Writing Masters Programme. Look for it in stores soon.

 

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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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