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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...

The new Monarch or, Danaus plexippus plexippus or, Migrant Love by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] The New Monarchor, Danaus plexippus plexippusor, Migrant Love over a lifetime of5 to 7 weeks brilliant beings striped black gold white consume tons of milkweed somewhere in USAmerica transform to monarchs then fly further northand consume some more...