Browsing Category : Poetry

Meditations on the Angel by Meghan Privitello


When you can shoot the messenger and the messenger bleeds light. What a privileged execution. * The hierarchy of pain starts and ends with the body. If the body can believe in ascending towards some impossible sky, it can mutate pain out of the flesh and into a memory of smoke. * Heaven is a privileged institution. All destinies are…






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Catalogues by John Grey


Catalogues arrive in droves. They want me fitted out with hunting rifles, fishing waders up to my knees. They’d have me listen to CD’s of the Four Lads or take home courses in Philosophy. Some even think I’m Joan not John. Hence, I’m let into the secrets of somebody called Victoria. I’ve heard this is all very scientific, that my…






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Hello Stranger by Cynthia Atkins


It’s me—This voice inside a tin box inside the intention to be a voice of one, but we’re all crammed ………………in traffic—This grid is the lunatic abyss inside a pickle jar. We are lonely in our cars, we are little cubicles of languor. With a smear, I see the Vintage Red vinyl of my mother’s handbag. I hear ………………the marvelous…






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A Junkyard Full of Lilies by Saima Afreen


…of all lights the flicker of a mellow sun is the sweetest unpacked, raw like warm honey flowing on your lips golden. Flickering as the lost faith in fairy tales. A smile your mother played with before burying it in Arabian deserts. The sand glistens in your voice travelling to a wrinkled face fixed on Blue Jays. The soft ice…






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You Have Nothing Less Than That to Say That by Lana Bella


somewhere between the stiff tonic on the rock and crinoline mist blanking the frozen lake, you walked the backwater with wild December strobes traced like fish ribs against the dark. Clay ground hummed through sky’s chalice’s ice, pent in slits where creeping vines pressed themselves with your soles into the bones of every small thing scattered in panic. So you…






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a field of echoes by amu nnadi


… and mind flutters to a close eyelids to slumber all over, a certain darkness emerges earth is populated with nothing but a tempered sigh t night flashes white underwear as meteor, quickly closes her thighs mortified by the radiance of stars she grows shy as mimosa pudica dies from shame of too much conceit from a sprawling field of…






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Quarter Moon by Alan Britt


Today I’m coming back. Like hieroglyphics scrawled upon an overpass, I’m omnipresent. The shadow around my waist expands to include cosmic debris: planetary fragments, clouded leopards looming the horizon, clarinets like loons stretching their necks to have a look. My hand disappears into a void. Like the mantle clock with vermilion smeared cheekbones, or dusty Bose stereo with a mustache.…






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Post-life by Ekweremadu Uchenna


amidst the sparks of smouldering hardware and the rumbles of collapsing structures and the husks of spent souls that litter the streets like lily petals in harmattan a pack of survivors will sprawl on the ruins day-dreaming of spring in paradise tanning under the tamed sun which like a solitary coal will drench them in a gloomy glow fear will…






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Two Poems by Changming Yuan


Natural Ironies 1/ Moonbow Few humans look up At you, but you reflect And refract just as many colors As much beauty as a sunbow With little warmth of the day, perhaps But countless secrets about darkness 2/ Snagging You have long since died But you will never fall Like a huyang tree in the Gobi Desert Standing deadly among…






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Two Poems by Liyou Libsekal


Into the Earth hands unfurled like asters blooming bold, they expose their center as though to say give what you will what you take I will shed onto the earth I try to keep, keep open to breathe like avid cells leaves crisp like endings should drop with ease from a stem and I want to be weightless, girl in…






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The Period in Puberty by Jumoke Verissimo


You want to know how it is with me brother after I saw the blood You want to know if my breast wears down my chest when I breathe, How the soft heaving settle to carry the burden of every of my sighs. You want to know if sometimes I feel like I could do better as you Subtracting me.…






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Farming, Tending by Bineh Ndefru


My grandmother wore the world Like she wore the same printed cloth around her waist Year after year. She carried it, ripe and sweet smelling Heavy, but steady upon her crown. She carried, both arms shaking But not to spill a drop of its waters. She tied it sleeping on her back. And again. Every time it cried out. She…






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Three Poems by Sarah O’Neal


عسل it’s petty, how i want you to taste copper when you remember me and everything that was you still crave my fingers—strong but timid, remember how i used them to carve myself absent promised to swallow whatever drowned me first until salt grew thick in my lungs burned through my nostrils like wildfire my aunt, ankles swollen with grief…






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the year i stop watching television by Saaro Umar


there is a black line under my fingernail i’ve started praying again i keep the same lover for five years he watches films with guns & white men he sits in an office chair always something occupying his hands i sit in the corner & ask myself how my day was in a dream i paint an impression of the…






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Undecided by Opeyemi Rasaq-Oyadiran


There is a trending picture on Instagram of father and daughter and their abundance of hair. Yesterday, my lover made it his screensaver. After we made love, he trailed his finger down my spine And said ‘our first child will be a girl, with long silky hair. On weekends I’ll braid her hair and she’ll say I’m a perfect dad’.…






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How to Heal Old Wounds by Lind Grant-Oyeye


I heard this house on our mangled street was bought in a hurry but it really does carry its weight and age well: A bird spread-eagled against paled clouds. Timeless Barbie in a modern world of plastics. This over-dressed garden could make for easy loving but the tips of fatigued flowers steal rest from those pretend fawning of lovers fighting.…






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Afghan Refugee by Rohan Chhetri


From her shoulder blade the background softens, where her scarf, once-draped over her head, vanishes into a green eel of silence. Something tells me this was hurried. Her running behind a gaggle of school girls she hasn’t learnt the names of yet- always the slow one-when she was beckoned. A land in its plea has spilled its mood of calamity…






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The Size of Grief by Lydia Kasese


My mother carries a bone on her back too heavy to latch on our sorrows. On most nights we can hear her crying loudly into her pillow, Her teeth biting on her tongue willing it not to come to life, And bring back all those it had lost. We watch her from a distance too afraid to say anything, That…






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Five Stations for Various by Richard Ali


I Flame Lines Lying there, I set fire to your bed Flame lines around you, curl heat of ink Watch you turn your torso, see in the mirror a bird Earth flown, goddess born, writhing, mazariyya—dragon bird! I come to your myths with lies of my own—these Dross of my story. You whispered in my ears once What impels herdsmen,…






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Portrait of My Mother as a Child by Jessica Marion Modi


As if she’s about to tell a secret from her childhood, or mine. Lips almost open, scrunched brow, suspicious of someone looking at her this way. Hanging from pointy shoulders, her dress preserves marks from her mother’s disciplined ironing, straight creases down to her dirty, white sneakers. She balances on the toe of one foot, heel of the other. Arms…






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