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FIDEL CASTRO AT LILLISLEAF FARM, 2017​ by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] I. THE FIRST TIME I SPENT AN EXTENDED PERIOD WITH FIDELHE ASKED ME HOW MANY MATH TEACHERS ARE ALLOCATED TO LIMPOPO? AND HOW MANY LITRES OF PETROL ARE CONSUMED IN SOUTH AFRICA EACH YEAR? WHEN WE MARCHED IN...

Mhangele by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] mhangele beneath the fading bluethe cloth recalls strikes every which way white atop the blueblock print guinea fowl walking together foreons beneath the fowlgrassy landthorny veldtrace-less soilshuman fractioned humus what the print maker’s daughter recalls trekking brief moments...

May 2021 by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] May 2021 she put down the book read her own palms deerskin taut over hollowed logwisps and waves brisking hands shoulders ears air she escaped reaching placesno book could conjure she was manyyoungthrough the ages —in dialogue with...

On love (xxxvi) by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] On love (xxxvi) the place where winter is made the Tundrabarren land longing likeSavannah Atanarjuat striking then boundingbarefoot in snowfor days the Grassland Biome of the cradle of humankind 7 degree nights over monthsbrick houses and shacks bereft...

૩।૨મ (daram) by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] ૩।૨મ (daram)* sitting in a pomegranate-velour thronein her public housing apartmentdowntown Calgarya refugee from 1972 Ugandaused to peel ૩।૨મand gift us with juicyrubies to eat अन२ (anaar)** 40 years onliving in Africa’s heartland of pomegranatesI learned formallyfrom a...