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Things I Taught You (2)

 

Every thing begins to fade
in the afternoon. It is no trick
of my manias, It is the light.
It tells none of and all of the lies.
What is not already
dead is dying.

Then there will be you
and there will be me, sitting in a
lawn chair in the lucent circle
of Luna’s last fragment.
I will be smoking a cigarette
and re-memorizing your scent
by subtraction. When it hits
I hope I go first. I would rather
never be without you.

 

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The image in the post is an adaptation of a photograph by Tessa Sheremeta via Flickr.

About the Author:

Portrait - AbidoyeDimeji Abidoye is twenty something and from Lagos. He has spent a bit of time reading African American surrealist writing and the time left over writing code.

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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 “Retrograde Amnesia | by Dimeji Abidoye | African Poetry” Subscribe

  1. JMM July 19, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    “Rememorizing your scent by subtraction” – had to write that line down because it hit me in the stomach. Excellent poem, naipenda sana.

  2. nhlanhla July 27, 2016 at 6:48 am #

    lovely….i’d encourage u to bring mo of dat stuff.

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