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Dying Flowers | by Martins Ekong | African Poetry

I DON’T know how I got here believe me, yesterday I lived in birds’ songs which means my heart once had feathers today I’m a house filled with questions and children cry into my bones covering their mouth I don’t know if they cry of sorrow or shame an ocean grows in me I’m the […]

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Upon Waking | By Kirby Mania | Poetry

In the morning I write you love letters, Letters that tell how I dream of you Pen to paper prolonging these sweet invented singular memories. By afternoon the pages sweat with risk of the plural Apostrophes implicating and vowels incriminated against consonants fearing circulation In the evening reduced They are all but one dimensional folly Attempts, callow […]

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Roses | by Kofi Sey Simpson | An African Poem

Red is the favorite White or pink are there for the choosing Gentle in touch, founded in the midst of thorns. Waking lights wake her essence, To be carried in the midst of guided winds In blossoming variations, careless hands ransack her core And drop by drop her layering skin falls at the feet of […]

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Resigning | by Nana Akyempo | A Poem

I am resigning. From living and tasting like rejection. I am leaving myself as a most memorable aftertaste on life’s unkind tongue. I am hanging my petty quotes in the overcrowded wardrobe of poetic tantrums. They will brew my story the morning after as stale jokes. The zombies will slurp on my hot black without […]

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Under Your Smile I Build My Poems | by Emmanuel Etop Idem | A Poem

Under your living lips: a miracle of creation, Red, as fierce desire I take my lyrical roots and erect an empire of tasty words flowing freely from my nectar. Under your talking eyes: the mirror to existence, A path leading to enlightenment; White, as untapped innocence I plant my words, fertilized by hope. Seeking a […]

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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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Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

Namwali Serpell, Maaza Mengiste & Marlon James Are Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste is nominated in the […]

Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date […]

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