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

“this country of blood” It is just under a year since Impepho Press published Sarah Godsell’s second poetry collection, Liquid Bones. It is October, Spring. In this “summoning season change” we find ourselves, as a country, as femmes, as individuals, as Africans, barely surviving the wave of femicide and xenophobic violence that has torn through […]

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Moses Mould | by Nqobile C. Mofokeng | African Poetry

She told me that it was good to cry, that it had a beautifying effect on the soul. “But why do I find it parasitic: cleansing old wounds while wetting my current.” “Indani! All this crying is making me stink.” Wet wood given too little time to dry before the next storm, that’s what my […]

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Holiday | by Kirby Manià | African Poetry

Untethering the self from the everyday practice of life, I become a ship unanchored I feel a return to what is myself True and unfaltering To that, which has been mired by the flotsam of details and exactitudes— the petty duties that strain and defer Being-ness Here and now Adrift I feel more attuned to what is Absolute […]

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The Vow | Kirby Manià | African Poetry

On Saturday dressed in Sunday best There’s a woman in white and confetti, of course Witnesses are reminded that this is a day of Beginnings But Book and Word bring endings into view Gown and suit, freshly pressed Mourning dress The garb of the dead   ********* Image by las – initially (Lori Semprevio) via Flickr […]

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Chibok by Jen Thorpe

Six months Is almost enough time To create A new person. Over two hundred Should be enough To garner some Consistent, persistent, resistance. Those on the road To the nowhere Somewhere Elsewhere The girls are now, Didn’t they see? Don’t they know Something, Anything? Waiting with Patience for Goodluck Has left a silence Where answers […]

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“Order in the Mother City” | Walls | By Jennifer Thorpe | A Feminist Poem

It was The force of the wall That propelled her face forward And back into the foot That kicked it. The kicker danced The dance of a victorious soldier. For he was a warrior in a long standing campaign Of dominance And hate. Behind the wall, And hidden from view, A young girl played on […]

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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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