ISSUE #11


    Chasing Butterflies Yejide Kilanko Two Poems Ejiofor Ugwu No Matt Weatherbee The Unkindness of Ravens Tolu Daniel Goodbye Asia, Hello Again Africa  Dave Stewart mouth, unopened  Logan February The Power of a Rat-Infested Photograph  Basit Jamiu An Island of Water Salvation Otubu Echelon Lana Bella Another Zoo Story  Richard Krause Rain Carlina Souto Tales of the Untalented Emota…

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Chasing Butterflies by Yejide Kilanko


The feel of warm mist against Titilope’s earlobe woke her up. She opened her eyes and saw T.J. “Mom, we’re leaving,” he said. Titilope lifted her head and frowned when she saw a hairspray smudge on the textbook page. She’d borrowed the book from their public library. “Are you okay?” T.J. asked. She forced a smile. “Yes, sweetie.” T.J. grinned…

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Two Poems by Ejiofor Ugwu


Christmas Party or The Fire-setter in Search of Fresh Vegetables    Lord, wipe away this dust clouding for rain in the last tomb, the grave-rats hate moody clouds, and there is little to water in this season. It is harvest: the leaves are old, the cornfield now beg for fire, they are now feasting their balloons; wearing ribbons for the…

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No by Matt Weatherbee


My brother felled a tree and was dead, the experts said, before the earth stopped quaking. The tree was a giant fir. Abies grandis. Three-hundred and forty-two years old. My brother was an orphaned Yemeni. Gnatus adoptaticius. Twenty-six years old. By the time he was ten, he’d been living with us for three months, and Mother had been so used…

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The Unkindness of Ravens by Tolu Daniel


So, you walk in on your mother having sex with a man on the bed she shares with your father. She’s down on all fours, and the man is taking her from behind like those horny compound dogs do in the middle of the night. Anger fills your head like water and you fumble out of the house, slamming the…

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Goodbye Asia, Hello Again Africa by Dave Stewart


Stunning tropical islands such as Phuket and the ‘Full Moon Party’ paradises of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan have been drawing in sun seekers and party animals alike for years, and the infamous and massive Bangkok remains one of the most visited cities in the world because of its shopping, nightlife and central location. These are generally the places one…

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mouth, unopened by Logan February


after alexis bates the color of these lips, after the grazing, muted. a marble rosary being spat out. a brother’s fist, blood of my blood, my blood running down my chin, my new name sanctified. the healing, and then the bruising. a marble rosary being swallowed. mine is a tongue pagan enough to be severed. this pastel mouth sings &…

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An Island of Water by Salvation Otubu


for E   It will take a great fortune of years after which I’ll be at the edge of a maltreated river, doting, slow ungraceful. I’ll want to steal from this elixir hanging from your lips, merge it with this soil that is your prayer, and sleep hoping the mollusks and octopi will revive and carry your fevered waist before…

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Echelon by Lana Bella


You move above the world into a wet landscape, where light throbs like opaque blood and currents flee the low distant echelon. Harefooted on the old refrains through an ice-crest air, you split and become thirsty, like fish straining for oxygen out of water. The moon climbs, and with it, large pockets of birds toss in the teeth of cold,…

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Another Zoo Story by Richard Krause


How he delighted the crowds with a Havana cigar in one hand and a can of beer in the other.  He wore a Lincolnesque top hat and a gold-braided purple vest.  His antics had everyone rollicking at seeing their vices aped before their eyes. He’d chug the beer and drum on his belly, inhale from the cigar, then roll over…

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Rain by Carolina Souto


after Robert Hass’s Late Spring   And then at 7:02 pm, the rains splatter against rooftops, an evening moaned into, roaming living room pets, how your dog-eared blanket cuddles your neck, fleas appear next, as harsh as our accents, mosquitoes, too: a rat gets stuck between bush roots, slowly dying, its contorted body offset by a stringy tail, unlike a…

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Photographs by Victor Adewale


Painter of the Sky       Yellow Rain       Scarrd       Boy-hood         State of Mind           Victor Adewale is a Nigerian poet, photograher and Creative Director of GoPoethick

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Tales of the Untalented by Emoata Ejodame


I wish I know How to write my, into a poem Compressed in the nature of all things green, Driven with poetic license, let anything be As it wants without eyes peering with disdain My imperfection is also a talent   It is a form of creativity I am not very imaginative, that is a sort of name. You have…

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