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Autumn leaves by Nkateko Tshabalala

[tabby title="Poem"] The autumn leaves have a fervent incenseTheir fading melanin softened by the purple rainI wonder how this marathon of fluorescent dissipation guides this despotic transitionDo we not care that the trees shudder, that the plants quiver?That the wind...

Selections from Ross Sings Cheree & the Animated Dark by Ross John Farrar

[tabby title="Poem"] 1989 The song went, “Everything the world is doing to me.”Part of you wanted to turn away. How could a world do anything?Sometimes it feels as if the world is sharpening its knife, butonly humans can cut. The...

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

[tabby title="Poem"] it turns out she was right after all–my whole life has been numbers: hospital number student numberidentity number passport number credit card number licence plate &registration number home number work number lottery number luckynumber reference number ticket number...

Untitled by Chestlyn Draghoender

[tabby title="Poem"] Things got broken,And then they assaulted me.I cried like a little bitand then the shit began.They went crazy. I hated themFor treating me this way.At first, everything was good.Until they heard that I was gay. They didn't think...

Blackness by Tshegofatjo

[tabby title="Poem"] blacknessis your mother feeding the earthher sweatand your father feeding it his bloodfor your survival. it is earth stilldemanding you tobend in prayerso it can feedoff the marrowfrom your kneesfor your survival. it is coming herewith a soul...