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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Strange Meadow by Patrick King


Deep in sleep, somewhere lost, somewhat familiar. I find myself again on Meadow Drive. Sometimes spectacular, sometimes beautiful. Inevitable. No, this isn’t Meadow Drive anymore. Convergence, extinction, alchemy. It’s all the same nightmare anyway. I fall asleep a man in my mid-thirties but in my dreams I’m once again a child of seven, eight years old. The man is married…

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Short Story Day Africa’s #WriterPrompt in 250 Words


Broken Children by Osahon Ize-Iyamu It’s a bit selfish, but I’d been waiting for her. She barged in, lifting me from my sadness, to call me to action. We are going somewhere. And as she puts the car into gear, I’m reminded that the world is a vast world of bumpy roads she leads me through. She carries me, so…

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Seeing the Craft by Okuwoga Eyimofe


  “And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others.” – Wole Soyinka In all things, get understanding. Seeing the craft is as blissful as one’s craft being seen. It edifies the baffling and clears the air. Seeing the craft defines the mind; to filter one’s mind…

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Best African Literature on the Net in 2016


In the spirit of celebrating African literature in 2016, we have compiled what we call our Best African Literature on the Net in 2016. This list is not definitive, it is a reflection of our taste at EXPOUND and mostly, the choice of some of our friends and readers. We appreciate the efforts of our friends like Brittle Paper, Jalada,…

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ISSUE #8: The Woman Issue


Guest Editor’s Note by Unoma Azuah FICTION: Unsuitable Ties by Sefi Atta The Dress That Fed the Suit by Zukiswa Wanner Angry Vaginas: Meet Project Douche by JT Lawrence Unreliable Nipples by Halima Aliyu Yoyin of the Captivating Form by Rafeeat Aliyu Will My Life Be the Same Again? by Temitayo Olofinlua   NONFICTION: Besieged by 3 Caesars–In Search of…

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Unsuitable Ties by Sefi Atta


She would rather not be here tonight. For her, a dinner party at a hotel – especially a five-star hotel like this in London – is research work. She might notice a seating-card design, a flower arrangement or some other catering idea she can use when she returns to Lagos. She will study the menu from hors d’oeuvres to desserts.…

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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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An Interview With JT Lawrence by Jason Mykl Snyman


Janita, thanks so much for agreeing to an interview with EXPOUND – and congratulations on the recent release of another great book – Grey Magic. Today, however, in honour of the Woman’s Edition, we’d like to talk a bit about another of your works – The Underachieving Ovary.   Tell us a little bit more about your memoir. Where did…

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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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