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Colored Recollections: The Roach Colony

“Errors are very talkative,” says Oliver Goldsmith. This post is the first of a series of writings in which I begin with a speck of fact and see how far I can wander before fact becomes fiction. In the northern parts of Benin City, there used to be tenement housing for low-ranked soldiers. Nothing fancy.  […]

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Writing Inside the Guts of a Crow

Ali Ahmad Sa’id also known as Adonis is a Syrian poet. The country he speaks of in the first poem, “A Prophecy,” sounds so much like my own country. Maybe that’s why I cannot read the poem without plunging into sad contemplation. As far as imagery goes, both poems are “gruesomely sensory.” Imagery that evoke […]

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The Charm of Thrift Shopping Pt. 2

Thrift shops are also spaces of abandonment. They are places where displaced things find a transitory home, places where things that are considered dead and useless are given the chance of finding an afterlife with a new owner. There are people who complain about the disorderly nature of thrift shops. A ramshackle shop of odds […]

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To The Probing Question of Who I Am

I like to think about thinking. It is something that I have always enjoyed. I sometimes think of myself as a child that never stopped asking the probing question, “why”. Fortunately the universe has not stopped answering. —Darin L. Triplett To The Probing Question of Who I Am By Darin L. Triplett To the probing […]

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The Charm of Thrift Shopping Pt. 1

I never leave a thrift store without buying something, no matter how senseless it is. Late last year, I found a set of four cheaply made coasters in the shape of Tasmanian Devils. Two days ago, I bought a collection of dried twigs bunched up like a witch broom. It’s leaning on a window right […]

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The World is not a Home. It is a Market.

“Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known” is my favorite piece in Soyinka’s most recent book of poems, published in 2004. The poem is dedicated to the Egyptian writer, Naguib Mafouz and begins with two epigraphs. The first one, “The world is a market place” comes from a Yoruba song. And the second, taken from James […]

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The Apocalyptus

When the scrambling for Truth is over And God, suffering from the munchies, Is eating travelers off the narrow road

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Black Swan

I needed something to  jar me out of the stupor of a suburban Christmas eve. So I went to see Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. With all the trash that has come out of Hollywood this year, Black Swan is indeed a case of saving the best for last. Natalie Portman plays the role of Nina […]

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The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards: Announcing The Winners

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In November, we announced The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards. Launched in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, The […]

This Blood That Not Even the Mountains Can Hold: Megan Ross Rereads Sarah Godsell’s Liquid Bones

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“this country of blood” It is just under a year since Impepho Press published Sarah Godsell’s second poetry collection, Liquid […]

On Transatlantic Shame | I. S. Jones | Poetry

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nothing is earned unless something is lost. the ocean grants safe passage, but i fear the cost is too great. […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award: Meet The 6 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction: Meet The 4 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

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