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Help me paint a picture of a soulless city
in Africa’s sunrise whose sun its gloom
has swallowed. Draw it as dark as darkness
itself. Paint the walking shells of humans
who have sold to the supermarket of souls
their hearts. Paint them soulless, eating
white aid meant for AIDS patients on deathbeds.

paint them playing with guns, shooting at
stubborn lesser humans for fun. Paint them
selling the city, stacking the loot in Swiss banks.
Paint them looting the city. Paint the city
in desolation. Paint millions of slim commoners
singing the soulless humans’ praises: lining
for their daily bread, lucky to have a meal a day.




About the Author:

Samuel-KamugishaSamuel Kamugisha is a Ugandan journalist, poet and fiction writer. Born 25 years ago in Bushenyi, western Uganda, Kamugisha read Journalism and Communication at Makerere University where he won the 2015 Tabere Mudini Award. A former journalist with the Kampala-based The Observer, Kamugisha is currently an editor at Living Word Publications, a Christian publishing house in Kampala. Kamugisha’s poetry and prose have been published in Coursework Love: Stories and Poems from The Hill of The Learned, a collection about university life, Parousia Magazine,, DwartOnline, Praxis Magazine, and Africa Crayons. He can be reached on: Email: Twitter: @SkMugisha. Blog:


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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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