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."


YOU broke my CD yesterday
Brymo’s raspy voice spilled out
lamenting about merchants, wicked dealers and slaves

  • it was an accident

I put too much pepper that night
You ate, sweated and cried
drinking two bottles of chilled water

  • I cannot measure well

You forget your phone a lot
more these days and I
see breasts that are not mine

  • The lies don’t come as fast

I still moan when you touch me
Stitching together my orgasm
from memories

  • Another’s name echoes loudly

He is cheating on you
and you know about his affairs
leave him or se won sepe fun e ni

  • they were friends not too long ago

I still aged even you stopped
wishing me long life and prosperity

  • the present I bought came early this year

You announced our break up
this morning when I had a knife in my hands

  • you soon realized your mistake

I would rather die with you
than be alone. Our hatred

  • more familiar than loneliness.




Image by Irene Grassi via Flickr.

About the Author:

adesewaAdesewa Adesina–Adesewa is a self-proclaimed agbejoro. An expert weaver of the whispers in her head with the tales she borrowed from maami. She is partial to poetry but don’t tell fiction. She is also an Orisa worship enthusiast who is convinced that Obatala is the ultimate man crush. The only way to win her heart is through her oriki. She is a drinker of palmwine, lover of music and collector of strange words.

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.

One Response to “We Go Love | By Adesewa Adesina | African Poetry” Subscribe

  1. Marial Awendit 2016/12/19 at 07:52 #

    Wonderful! Creative work!

Leave a Reply

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

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


Purple Hibiscus Journal | Clementine Ewokolo-Burnley | Nonfiction

purple hibiscus workshop

There is water everywhere, a skyline, tall buildings, twinkling lights, pleasure craft behind locked gates. Leaning back in the taxi, […]

The Longlist for the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize Announced

golden baobab prize

The longlist for the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize is out. The prizes provide opportunities for African writers and illustrators to […]

PHOTOS | Bambooks Limited Launches Mobile Reading App and Announces Monthly Subscription Service

FictionPoetryEssay&ThinkPiece (1)

There is a myth that says Africans do not read and if you want to hide something from them put […]

Africa in Dialogue Publishes Interview e-Book with 2017 Brittle Paper Awards Winners: Sisonke Msimang, Hawa Golakai, JK Anowe, Megan Ross, Chibuihe Achimba

brittle paper 2017 winners - graph

Leading interview magazine Africa in Dialogue has published an e-book of interviews with the winners of the 2017 Brittle Paper Awards. […]

James Murua’s Literature Blog Wins at Sanaa Theatre Awards

james murua - graph

Our colleagues at James Murua’s Literature Blog are among the winners of the 2018 Sanaa Theatre Awards in Kenya. The […]

Previously Unseen Stories by Naguib Mahfouz Set for December Publication

naguib mahfouz graph - cairo trilogy - raptis books

Previously unseen short stories by the late Egyptian Nobel Prize laureate Naguib Mahfouz will be published on 11 December, his […]

Thanks for signing up!

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

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.