When African literature is published in the West, it is all too often realist, in English, and in the spirit of Chinua Achebe. But romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, experimental poetry, satire, and political allegory all find expression in Africa, …
Acknowledge that Mother isn’t taking her widowhood well, that something besides Father is missing. Take her for a drive along the coast. Listen to the screeching seabirds. Follow Mother’s pointing finger. Watch sun shift behind clouds, the coastline disappear. …
(after Stanley Moss)
If someone else is kissing you, death is real.
I want no others to know your mouth,
its clever tongue
traveling across my topography
the island of my moxie.
If someone else is kissing you,
then let …
A journey punctuated by stinks. Crossing a street in Jackson Heights in Queens mother and son drifted from open-sewer smell at one corner to the reek of piled garbage at the next. All manner of mechanized traffic on slush begrimed …
In the green distance, bank notes
bud from sycamore bough.
Executives trample the meadows
and switchgrass, unable to arrive.
To the west, their fathers re-shingle,
The executives sell their fathers’
farms to purchase a mile of faraway grove.…
If you was to ask Slo Girl, she was to say that she discovered blue religion on a Saturday morning, when she landed flat on her back, ankles twined improper, under a sunny kinda someone; her first reaction upon landing …
the color of hair rinse that comes off on the pillowcase. My
grandparents slept in separate beds on separate floors of the house,
my grandma kept her shoes in the original boxes, I hid a cookie
behind the couch because …
sky’s still white,
but flocculent with cloud
blurs, calming to those
who have stopped
to witness cliffs
being scaled sidelong
by ruddy mountaineers;
the newspaper’s contract
bridge advice; absorbing diagrams
of various crashes; reacting…
How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden. Fantagraphics, 2017. $30, 276 pages.
To read Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy is to slip momentarily in time, back to a lazy mid-century morning …
I was delighted to get ahold of a Zachary Lazar’s latest novel, Vengeance, a book that takes readers deep inside the horrors of the prison-industrial complex, where we cannot, in good faith, look away. We begin in the notorious …
Q: Did that horse catch fire in the lake?
A: Define fire.
Q: Did that horse or lake catch fire?
A: Define horse.
Q: Did that horse and lake catch fire simultaneously?
A: Define lake.
Q: Did that fire or …