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Between Colours, Senses, Words and Worlds: Harry Garuba’s Transition | Katleho Kano Shoro | Poetry

For Professor Harry Garuba You are in a lime green, waterproof jacket hooded. Restlessly standing on the pavement— overhead: grey concrete around you: vapour— on a street that resembles the Sunday-vacant ones in Jozi (although, the dream calls the street Lagosian, we tell it we believe it by continuing).   It is misty. After you […]

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Paper Horses | Dan Ajamo | Poetry

I wrote little notes on skin For him to follow Little notes to guide his path As he wandered through the Landscape of flesh— A hundred Doors Waiting to be broken.   And what is love? Is it not every fibre of his being? A flame burning in the darkest room? His eyes are the […]

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Sanctuary | Obasa Funmilayo | Poetry

Where does my Sanctuary live? within the catacombs of / my body / where voices are carried / by a wind / and silence is an / anthem   What does the Sanctuary say? it says / my existence is a temple / of flowers / of water / of life and death / of […]

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Physics Textbook Explains Why People Can’t Leave Abusive Marriages | Abdulbaseet Yusuff | Poetry

i. origin of F F/A = Stress   In this poem & in your life, the letter F is everything— F for the force that brews inside a clenched fist   lowercase f for frequency: the number of times that fist remodels your jaw   Today my head is buried between the algebraic union in […]

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Escaping Fire | Obii Ifejika | Poetry

The stairs sit between eight rooms, with the echo of your heartbeat rolling off the walls. You will no longer slide down the rails to the cheer of friends. It will one day be clear: this brick and mortar wasn’t built to hold your dreams, only to let you have them. Daddy will need your […]

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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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Teju Cole’s Essay on The Disposability of Black Lives is Essential Reading for Our Current Moment

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As we mourn the death of George Floyd, whose life was brutally taken by a white police officer in Minneapolis, […]

Lolwe Needs You to Achieve its Goal of Paying Writers

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Lolwe is a literary magazine founded in January 2020 by Kenyan writer and editor Troy Onyango. One of the magazine’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, Shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

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Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other has been shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. Sponsored by The Orwell Foundation […]

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Tomi Adeyemi Recommends 5 Books to Escape Into While You’re Social Distancing

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Wondering what’s on Tomi Adeyemi’s quarantine reading list? Adeyemi recently shared five books she is reading (and re-reading) during the […]

All the Scoop on Fiston Mujila’s Forthcoming Novel The Villain’s Dance

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Fiston Mujila’s second novel is set for a September 2020 release by France-based publishing powerhouse Éditions Métailié. It has been […]

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