Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 5,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

Photo credit: Andre Benz. Source: Unsplash.

the trouble with crying at Times Square

is that you are a body in a sea of bodies

sailing from one heartbreak to the next

 

the year is new & you are still just you,

except older, with less apartment space

 

& less breathing space and a neon red

flash flood alert on your phone screen

 

you blend into the scene. a neon green

woman dances at an intersection, joy

seeping out of every painted pore. you

 

offer her your metro card and a smile.

you are soon leaving this city anyway

 

at 7th Avenue and Broadway, you break

down again, affirming the threat of flood

 

this scene would be good, so good, if you

were auditioning for a breakout role in a

tear-jerking play about immigration law

 

& prozac prescriptions. but you are not.

you are merely grieving your twenties

 

& a failed loan application & a romance

lacking romance, the American dream

 

a splintered mess at your callused feet.

& this brightly lit city? it neither sleeps

nor sees you weep amid its neon lights

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nkateko Masinga is a South African poet and 2019 Fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018 and her work has received support from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and the Swiss Arts Council. She is the interviewer for poetry at Africa In Dialogue, an online interview magazine that archives creative and critical insights with Africa’s leading storytellers. She is the author of a digital chapbook titled “The Heart is a Caged Animal, published by Praxis Magazine. Her latest work has been selected by the African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the 2020 New Generation African Poets chapbook box set.

Tags: , , , ,

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. neon lights at noon - Voicemail Poems - July 15, 2020

    […] This poem previously appeared in Brittle Paper. […]

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."

Archives

Ugandan Novelist Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Celebrated Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi is on the longlist of the 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her debut […]

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction? — Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction_ --- Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson's Vlog

The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala

Soyinka2

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

once on this island wanuri kahiu joselyn bioh (1)

Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Braithwaite3

Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

Chimamanda Adichie on Her Experience with Temporary Memory Loss After a Bad Fall

Chimamanda Adichie on Her Experience with Temporary Memory Loss After a Bad Fall

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has had a pretty rough year. In April, she announced the loss of an aunt […]

Thanks for signing up!

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

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.