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On Saturday
dressed in Sunday best
There’s a woman in white
and confetti,
of course

Witnesses
are reminded that this
is a day of
Beginnings

But Book and Word
bring endings
into view

Gown and suit, freshly pressed
Mourning dress

The garb of the dead

 

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Image by las – initially (Lori Semprevio) via Flickr

 

About the Author:

Portrait - Kirby ManiàKirby Manià has a doctorate in English and has studied at the University of York (UK) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa). She currently lectures at Wits University, teaching English and Critical Thinking to students in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. Her work has been published in the South African literary journal, New Contrast.

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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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