Monthly Archives : September 2016

The Moveable Feast of Richard Rive by Abigail George


Teacher, artist. Profound healer Skin like ochre. I found his book amongst my father’s things and fell in love with it almost immediately. I only knew that kind of love with Hemingway and Rilke. You Rive, this part of the world’s son was amongst those days’ intelligentsia. I wondered what he was like as a youth. What America was like.…






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River by Adeeko Ibukun


Gowns of dews laced the dawn. An angel descends the hour stairs on the wind raising the skirting, new veils, floating, guttation beads on the spine indict and then adorn. Morning breathes and you think a woman is spreading her satin on her arm and offers a body. This is what I want to own and you love, pouring in…






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The New Testament by Jericho Brown – Tolase Ajibola


TITLE: The New Testament AUTHOR: Jericho Brown PUBLISHER: Copper Canyon Press YEAR OF PUBLICATION:SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 GENRE: Poetry FORMAT: PAPERBACK NO OF PAGES: 72   What Jericho Brown has done with the biblical imagery employed is profound, he relates with every black ‘brother.’ He is black, obviously, and relates with the vices that lurks in every corner waiting for a…






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Thirty-Nine Ways to Screw Up by Lois Roma-Deeley


Stick my finger in the coffee grinder while it’s still plugged in. Ask my self this question: What was I doing with this guy/that woman/those people? Hate myself for being stupid. Hate myself for ever being young. Believe someone else is living life better than I ever could. Leave my glasses at home. Go back for them. Drop them in…






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In the Distance by Glen Wilson


After GyulaSzabó …is a house, part of the horizon, but interloper, the planned display of tree corpses as sculpture, as shelter. The walls are stained to slow decay, the rings on wood split and widen unable to spawn offspring they need to tell how full they are of story, history. We have not made straight lines or brought order to…






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a river’s journey by amu nnadi – Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu


TITLE: a river’s journey AUTHOUR:amu nnadi PUBLISHER: PARRESIA YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2016 GENRE: POETRY FORMAT: PAPERBACK   amunnadi’s newest poetry offering, a river’s journey, spans 172 pages. The book is divided into four sections, each of which holds poems that are independent in their fullness and subject matters, but seem inter-connected, as though telling a story. The first section, which…






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Trick Question by Cindy Bosley


Liza’s room was a triangle of toys – no pieces belonged together, and much of it was broken.  Barbie’s legs and heads of dolls, old game pieces, cards and empty powder bottles, the neighbor lady’s Avon samples: lipstick and perfume.  Crayons lined the babies’ beds and drawers unloaded stained shirts and race track sections. Each odd thing was a treasure.…






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Photograph by TJ Benson


            TJ Benson is a short story writer, creative photographer and Spaghetti enthusiast whose works have appeared in online and print journals like Kalahari Review, Munyori Journal, the 14th issue of sentinel magazine, Paragram Uk, Contemporary literary review India and more recently Transition Magazine. He has completed a collection of photography and poetry titled ‘Self’,…






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Undoing Time by Ajibola Tolase


We begin to journey back, mother and I, so our arrival could mean we never left. The canoe is a tree again and we do not speak of what was after the chiselling —the alteration of the continuous property of time. She said our understanding of light will give meaning to sequence; light intensity being our day-measuring tool. We take…






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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue – Okwudili Neobolisa


TITLE: BEHOLD THE DREAMERS AUTHOUR: IMBOLO MBUE PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE PUBLICATION DATE:AUGUST 23 2016 GENRE: FICTION FORMAT: HARDCOVER NO OF PAGES: 400   Behold the Dreamer is the sort of book you want to hold when it is so hot and you need someone to help you forget about the sweltering heat. The sentences are torrid with so much life,…






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The Great Ulysses by Jeff Burt


Bound to the mast–it’s not so much about Ulysses hearing a deathly hum or a seductive sexual whisper. It’s more about how the man in power ordered the sailors to not listen. It’s a division of labor story, it’s a story of the elite with the opportunity while the poor men slave away. The insurance executive with his secret Bieber…






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The Birth of Illusion by Jumoke Verissimo – Kechi Nomu


TITLE: THE  BIRTH OF ILLUSION AUTHOR: JUMOKE VERISSIMO PUBLISHER: FULLPOINT PUBLISHING YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2015 GENRE: POETRY FORMAT: PAPERBACK   JumokeVerissimo’s second collection of poetry, The Birth of Illusion (Fullpoint, 2015), like her first collection I Am Memory (DADA Books, 2008) attempts to conquer or master the untamable by straddling humanity. In the Birth of Illusion, Verissimo lays claim to…






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Sacrifice by Romeo Oriogun


Deep into the night, my father and I creep into the field as he breaks me into what lives after a prayer, how do I say what holds no language, what lives in your clattering teeth like songs begging to be free; this isthe night a son knows what it means to look like a mother, what it means to…






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Leftover by Chizoma Emeka Joshua


The sun found me sitting by the well in front of our compound with my bags packed. There is something oddly comforting about this well. Perhaps I share a form of kinship with it; a sisterhood of neglect and decay. In some way she looks forlorn and exposed; with patches of red mud showing where the plaster had peeled, gaping…






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the moon’s light cut on st. stephens day by Richard Anyah


across the moon plains, past places where light is harvested i was cut, on the feast of stephen when stones hurled themselves, in repetitive orbits. i had become laika, fossilized into moon rock the grimace you see on lit nights. sometimes i seem to ask “are you scared”? but the reverberating silence leaves me petrified instead. how could i not…






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transitions by Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu


her body is secret pathway for refugees fleeing the burning city she was once part of she was her dreams; stagnant, unmoving, faint and looking to find a star until she became a tunnel full of echoes the emptiness she is a confluence, fading past faint future looking to find a home between two corpses     Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu…






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Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John – Redscar Mcodindo K’oyuga


TITLE: BORN ON A TUESDAY AUTHOR: ELNATHAN JOHN PUBLISHER: BLACK CAT/GROVE PUBLICATION DATE: JANUARY 4, 2016 GENRE: FICTION FORMAT: PAPERBACK NO OF PAGES: 263   Read “Bayan Layi” in the Caine Prize compilation of finalist short stories of 2013 and you’ll notice it continues in Born on a Tuesday, Elnathan John’s insightful debut novel mostly set in Sokoto in Northern…






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Kentucky Stone-shoe Breakdown by Todd Mercer


Blooms are on the roadside bushes, winter’s beaten. Colts stretch their limbs in fenced pastures. It’s solace for the seasonally affected to see it. And for me. It helps. I’m walking in the Bluegrass, hobbled by a pebble in my shoe that won’t shake loose. There’s worse places to limp into the leading edge of spring. That stone seems smaller…






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Photographs by Strides Adventure Club


      Strides Adventure Club is a club that is founded and built on love and passion for fitness, tourism and the outdoors. The club activities include hiking trails, mountain climbing, organising camping expeditions and picnics, to mention a few. @stridesac






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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – Gbenga Adesina


TITLE: HOMEGOING AUTHOR: YAA GYASI PUBLISHER: ALFRED A. KNOPF PUBLICATION DATE: JUNE 7, 2016 GENRE: FICTION FORMAT: HARD COVER NO OF PAGES: 320   Language unbuttons me. This sentence “When he came back into Baaba’s hut to find Effia, the child of the night’s fire….” in the very first paragraph of Yaa Gyasi’s brilliantly calibrated novel keeled me over and…






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