Tag Archives : Nigeria

Two Poems by Bola Opaleke

TALKING ABOUT CREMATION              Ede, Nigeria 1966   as their hair fly in all directions in the restless wind, white, almost wool-like (not greying), they float like deities, their stainless skin glittering like snake’s, who, then, would not think of them as gods? what man   would shut his eyes to such divinity? they said they read it in books…

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Desolate Room by Mbanefo Chibuike

We understand hatred for the first time when he puts his cold hands upon the one whom we love. Zikora’s hatred for me began when he found out I was responsible for mother’s death, when father told him he had sold everything he had to keep me alive. Enraged, Zikora cut himself out of the only picture we took with…

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A Late Tale of Bemusement by Madukwe Anthony

  I met your twin sister today and now I am confused. She looked and smiled like you. The crinkles you have by the side of your eyes – the ones that spread like 6 willow branches – were also in hers, squeezing her face into similar lines of beauty when she smiled. I walked up to her and hugged…

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