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I Am Offered a Praline While Syria is Bombed

Relatively cheap, and oversweet, and yet I take one,
place it full inside my mouth.

A drone the fuck inside a beige and cuboid house
and through a loving mother’s skull
and through the soul of us.

A praline in the neat shape of a prawn,
its roof-of-mouth-fit, cocoa, sugar

mixed as blood might mix with mud
or bone with rubble,
but that little rush of acid, burn of sick,
the sort a husband and a daughter get
on seeing Mother macerated.

“Would you like another?”
“Yes, a seahorse.” It’s the father bears the young.
“You want a third one and a fourth one?”
“Yes, of course.”

 

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Stephen Derwent Partington is married into Kenya, and authored the collection SMS & Face to Face (Phoenix, Kenya). His How to Euthanise a Cactus (Cinnamon Press, 2010) was one of the Africa Report’s “Best Books of the Year from Africa,” and features numerous poems on Kenya’s post-election violence. Stephen’s academic papers on Kenyan literature have appeared in refereed journals. He is presently editing an anthology of Anglophone Kenyan poetry since the fall of Moi in 2003.

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