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Writing Zong!

This is Marlene Nourbese writing towards the end of Zong!, in an epigraph of sorts: To not tell the story that must be told, I employed a variety of techniques: —I white out and black out words (is there a difference?). —I mutilate the text as the fabric of African life and the lives of […]

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Poems for Easy-Reading When You are Alone

We partly undid our clothes–there weren’t many As it was in divine burning July. Enjoyment of flesh through Half-torn clothes; Quickly bared flesh; apparition Twenty-six years passed; and now returned To remain in this poem — “To Remain” by C.P. Cavafy Come to me in dreams, that I may live My very life again though […]

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I Like…I Like…I Like…

I like a crowded world. I like rooms, with or without windows. I like things in rooms. I like the color grey. I like ash and mud. I like the phoenix. I like corn cobs hanging down from the fire place. I like deserted homelands. I like portraits with invisible faces. I like blindness. I […]

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A Poem that Laughs

Incantations by Laughter Written by Velimir Khlebnikov   O, laugh, laughers! O, laugh out, laughers! You who laugh with laughs, you who laugh it up laughishly O, laugh out laugheringly O, belaughable laughterhood–the laughter of laughering laughers! O, unlaugh it outlaughingly, belaughering laughists! Laughily, laughily, Uplaugh, enlaugh, laughlings, laughlings Laughlets, laughlets. O, laugh, laughers! O, laugh […]

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Invisible Cities…and The Dead

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. A bewitching little book.  No use trying to figure out what it is. Is it a collection of poems, a series of vignettes, a novel, a travel guide, an ethnographic commentary, a bureaucratic document, a lineup of fireside tales, a meditation? What I can tell you is that it’s a rewrite or, […]

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The Story That Loves

What is a love story? When I wasn’t thinking about Virgil’s Aeneid or lost in the wtf world of Amos Tutuola, I found myself in the past few days thinking about love stories. What, I want to know, is the love in stories and the story in love? I typed “love story” into Wikipedia and […]

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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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Marionette

As a carver of marionettes, There was always the danger of Being lost in the concreteness of being, Shattered to lovely bits of dead discoveries, Against an adamant world without voids. But as a wandering dream catcher, I collect metaphors for a living. You laugh, but ejaculating into Gaps gaping because of having been Chipped […]

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Clickbait | Saddiq Dzukogi | Poetry

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Inspired by the Western media coverage of the Dusit Hotel terror attack in Nairobi.   At the Dusit restaurant in […]

Algerian Poet Azraj Omar Decries Arab Lack of Knowledge About Black African Literature

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Algerian poet Azraj Omar has, in a piece titled “Arab World’s Unjustified Neglect of African Literature,” decried what he describes as […]

Zoe Wicomb Talks Intersectionality, Reading Other Writers, and That Time When Heinemann Put Her Photo in Bessie Head’s 1971 Novel, Maru

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In a new interview in The Johannesburg Review of Books, South African novelist Zoe Wicomb revealed an error by Heinemann in […]

GoFundMe | Please Donate to Help Logan February Go on Book Tour in the US

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Logan February, a young Nigerian poet who has published three books of poetry, is seeking donations for a scheduled book […]

Translator Publishes List of 146 Books by 66 African Authors Selling in Chinese

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A translator of English into Chinese, Bruce Humes, has published a list of 146 books by 66 African authors selling […]

Kenyans Criticize The New York Times’ Publication of Victims’ Photos from Dusit Hotel Terrorist Attack, Call for Editor’s Removal as Twitter Suspends Paper’s Handle

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Kenyans are rightly criticizing The New York Times‘ publication of victims’ photos from the January 15 Al Shabaab terrorist attack on […]

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