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My maths teacher says ‘you will remember me someday’ by Nkateko Masinga

Nkateko Masinga | Apr 6th, 2020 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

it turns out she was right after all–
my whole life has been numbers:

hospital number student number
identity number passport number

credit card number licence plate &
registration number home number

work number lottery number lucky
number reference number ticket

number for another speeding fine
days of leave days spent together

quarantined days spent away from
friends the distance between us all

the numbers on a graph rising
exponentially emergency room
number help hotline number

news headlines flashing numbers:

‘stock markets plummet as new
coronavirus infections escalate,
here are the numbers for today–‘

Poet Bio

Nkateko Masinga is a South African poet and 2019 Fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018 and her work has received support from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and the Swiss Arts Council. Nkateko is an interviewer at Africa In Dialogue, an online interview magazine that archives creative and critical insights with Africa’s leading storytellers, as well as the founder and managing director of NSUKU Publishing Consultancy. She is the author of a digital chapbook titled THE HEART IS A CAGED ANIMAL, published by Praxis Magazine. Her latest work has been selected by the African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the 2020 New Generation African Poets chapbook box set.

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