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BRITTLE PAPER POET: “Tête-à-tête” by Anefiok Akpan

Here you are, gazing suspiciously at me! Or perhaps it’s the patches of words I wobbled upon on the eve of last year. What really brings us together now, Your desire to listen or mine to speak? Perhaps we could do both, if you come closer. So alone now—me and you! Distance, lost— Time, paused—only […]

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A Dummy’s Guide to Soyinka’s Poem for Achebe

The chances are that you attempted to read “Elegy for a Nation,” the poem Soyinka published in the Nigerian Guardian in honor of Achebe on the day of his funeral. You scrolled down and estimated that the entire poem was about 300-line long, plus you spied the word “catafalque” in the first stanza and “caryatid” in […]

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Elegy for the Nation by Wole Soyinka

For Chinua Achebe at 70 Ah, Chinua, are you grapevine wired? It sings: our nation is not dead, not clinically Yet. Now this may come as a surprise to you, It was to me. I thought the form I spied Beneath the frosted glass of a fifty-carat catafalque Was the face of our own dear […]

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Taxi Girl by Efe Okugo

I found this poem when I went on an frantic google search for Science Fiction writer, Efe Okogu. A colleague here at Duke University sent me a copy of his science fiction short story “Proposition 23.” After a paragraph, I was in love and wanted to know who this person was. Had never heard of […]

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Saying Goodbye to a Dead Year

Now the bells are tolling— a year is dead. And my heart is slowly beating the Nunc Dimittis to all my hopes and mute Yearnings of a new year. And ghosts hover round dream beyond dream —“New Year’s Eve Midnight” By Gabriel Okara Gabriel Okara is a Nigerian poet who in 1979 won the common […]

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New Year’s Eve Midnight by Gabriel Okara

Now the bells are tolling – a year is dead. And my heart is slowly beating the Nunc Dimittis to all my hopes and mute yearnings of a new year. And ghosts hover round dream beyond dream Dream beyond dream mingling with the brightest gleam. Bell-sounds fading into memories like rain drops falling into a river. And […]

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The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards: Announcing The Winners

The 2019 BP Awards Winners

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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