Monthly Archives : June 2015

Seeing the Dead – Emmanuel Iduma


1 Rora said: Rambo particularly liked me to take pictures with the dead and then look at them later. It turned him on—that was his big dick, his absolute power: being alive in the middle of death. That was all that it boiled down to: the dead were wrong, the living were right. He said: The thing is, everybody who…

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Two Poems – Laura M Kaminski


SHARING SALT (for Rasaq Malik Gbolahan, after his poem “This is Home”)     This is Home. I know. I know that life is fragile here. When leaders do not count and name the dead with reverence, it is left to us to whisper prayers. This is Home. We are enticed with weak tea dreams, not strong enough to wake…

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Masalimo – William Khalipwina


Wrapped in a church curtain, the body was lowered slowly into a half-meter pit. With fear and grief, four hundred eyes or so followed the proceedings curiously. The diggers had quickly and mercilessly done their work as instructed. They were shoveling the soil jokingly into this grave as if they were burying a poisoned cat. This was all because the…

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Four Poems – David Ishaya Osu


STORIES TOLD IN THE LOO stories told in the loo about earth ideas hiding on the seaways along our midriff down to our ballrooms to where rainbow bubbles break and where you touch black and black keys to raise pink clouds bursting their bellybanks. dad, stories told in the loo are beautiful; can you buy for me the black and…

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The Day My Parents Returned – Adeolu Adesanya


Telling a five-year-old boy like me that his father and mother are in white man’s land, and they will return very soon, is like saying you have a new toy somewhere, but you can’t have it now, maybe tomorrow.   The idea of having some people soon coming to see me, who possess an entourage of names like Daddy, Dad,…

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Three Poems – Steven Klepetar


Suspended Sentence From the corner of my eye, a gray hare leaps into   my only concern is where your promise will    lead me to that final question, the one I must answer   Yes, yes, if that will get you to go to   the ground opens and I see   nothing will ever be the same ol’ same   old as I am,…

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Why Do I Pray? – Oyin Oludipe


Why do I pray? Who do I?—Why do I arch the soul to suffer hubris, to brew seasons—sudden sporadic somberness—in the pit of being? To pause? Or pulse? A departure, perhaps? From what or which? Surely, a brittle specimen is no longer cheaply within grasp from that headlong haste of a protean world. He must stop. The air is immersed…

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Foresight – Roche Du Plessis


          Roche Du Plessis also Roche’ “Roach” is a spoken word artist. After discovering performance poetry one cold night in Brighton, England, he has since gone on to win the House Of Hunger slam in 2012, Competed in The Spoken Word Project and has been a regular face at both WordnSound and Likwid Tongue. His passion…

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Arts by Gina Cicinelli Alequin


            Gina Cicinelli Alequin is a self taught American born artist. She was born and raised in Wicker Park Chicago. Gina’s artwork can best be described as whimsical and free. Her artwork has graced the walls of the United States Capital, restaurants and boutiques. Prints of her work are also sold online. Life hasn’t been…

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POSTCRIPT: Fragments and Conversations – Wale Owoade


  Who Killed Rora? Rora is one of those decayed characters who ‘mortalises’ Emmanuel Iduma’s ‘Seeing the dead’, a piece Oyin Oludipe, our Nonfiction Editor describes as ‘a fateful crossway where the swollen soul must shun the hubris of life to swallow death as a complete in-gathering of being.’   In Sarajevo, the young man who emptied seven bullets into…

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ISSUE #2 – E D I T O R I A L


CLICK  EXPOUND #2 TO DOWNLOAD THIS ISSUE Dear Readers, Lots have changed since the last Issue. First, we now have an Editorial Team. Ten heads are better than one. Secondly, we have a new web theme, responsive with a better mobile interface. Thirdly, we have moved a step forward by producing this issue in eBook (PDF). We thank the contributors.…

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