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Six Poems | Francine Simon

A series of poems exploring the experience of indentured labourers in Natal – “the shacks they lived in were called ‘lines’; they were given salted, dried fish to eat along with dhal and rice. Men and women left their children back in India intending to go back. Unfortunately, five year contracts working the cane fields […]

Two Poems | Chiwenite Onyekwelu

What I Spilled After the Block, Or How on Earth do I Begin Again to Love? — for 20th October 2020 casualties. This is the first poem I have written in weeks. I’m trying not to look too closely at every word. There are blood clots in my head. Blood  clots in the phone screen […]

The Baker | Ellis Shuman

“I’ve heard you have the best pitas in all of Sofia.” “Who am I to argue with what people are saying?” Jamal said, looking up from the cash register to find a well-dressed middle-aged man drumming his fingers on the counter. “What can I get you?” “Would it be possible to make an order for […]

Off and On Carter Adebowale Street | Lola Opatayo

It started in the middle of the day, when the heat arises like an apparition, descends on mankind, and sheds itself through sweaty armpits and down sinewy backs and hard faces. The community of Olanbe was quiet, animals settled themselves under wide old trees and the children lay on thin mats, exhausted by heat and […]

The Boy | Peace Mbengei

My people say when a husband dies, a part of his wife should die with him. That for her to continue living as before, existing as though whole, is insulting to his spirit. That if she loved him, surely, she must want to send him off with a memory of herself. A widow ought to […]

Behind the Screens of Education Planning | Frances Cannon

FRANCES CANNON is a writer, professor, and artist currently living in Vermont, where she teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Champlain College, and the Vermont Commons School. She is the author and illustrator of several books: Walter Benjamin: Reimagined, MIT Press, The Highs and Lows of Shapeshift Ma and Big-Little Frank, Gold Wake […]

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