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, …
Forgive me. I thought I was dead,
your flag draped over my face,
dolls across my lap. I want to leave.
I want to thrash out from under
the swelling crest of the dollar
before its undertow swallows us
that was the year of sixty-page reports
in defense of the soul’s integrity of plans
cc’d to an unseen G-d called dean
that was the year of keening O with anger
O holy rage of meetings in a dusty room…
It is dark inside the cow. Space is limited; you can crouch or curl or squat on your haunches. My favorite position is fetal: chin down on my stomach, knees drawn up in a tight ball. I sleep like that …
In this piece, a Japanese maple in its first spring bloom of purple flowering is shrunk to a thousandth of a millimeter. The maple is then encased in a glass box only slightly larger than the tree itself. …
Like yolk dribbling, fork-wounded, from a poached egg
The word wife drips from my mother’s tongue unhindered.
Sometimes a bully, even to men of God, my mother is
A spur in the preacher’s flank until he agrees to gay-marry
You can be the hard faced titan in Timberland
boots, a bomber jacket, chained
to a corner of your choosing. You can scope
the city from the shattered windows
of high rises with inviting names:
the Gardens; the Courts; the …
Margarida Vale de Gato is a Portuguese poet, translator, and Fulbright Scholar. Her first book of poetry, Mulher ao mar (Woman Overboard) was published in 2010, followed by Mulher ao mar retorna (Woman Overboard Returns), and Lançamento (either meaning to …
Oil on canvas, 2007
6 x 9 ft.
For a time, Lochmire experimented with exaggeration as a way to create empathy. Except in the context of art theory, most of the results failed. The Stand-Up Comedian Eats Breakfast is …
Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward. Scribner, 2017. $26, 304 pages.
Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward has been called both “the heir to Faulkner” and “a failed poet.” The former comes from a glowing piece in Time magazine about Ward, and …
In appreciation of all the guns we shall
resurrect these watermelons from
the oblivion to which we have blown them.
In honor of all the guns we shall observe
a moment of silence.
In respect for all the guns, …