Poetry

Ake Review Volume 6, 2019; My Christmas Read

I’ve been reading my copy of Ake Review, Volume 6, 2019 this pre-Christmas weekend under twinkling Christmas lights. I’ve been mentally fatigued and disinterested in reading. But short fiction and poetry exploring #BlackBodiesGreyMatter are giving me life amongst other things.

Some lies are necessary to keep the work rotating, necessary to keep from going mad, necessary. However, the lies we tell ourselves to keep from going mad are the very ones that make us go mad.

-The Landscape of Tally, An Inheritance by Tobi Afolabi

Shout-out to Ake Festival Team and Molara Wood for this volume. Tsitsi Dangarembga (whose Aké Life and Times Interview I wrote a blog review of) is truthful, brave in her Feature. I loved Molara Wood’s questions. Iconic really.

That which is traumatized is that which has been unable to prevent the trauma. In other words trauma occurs in conditions of powerlessness.

-Tsitsi Dangarembga

The Landscape of Tally; An Inheritance by my girl Tobi Afolabi, An Oak Tree Dies Slowly by Ani Kayode Somotochukwu are BRILLIANT!

Standing under the burning sun. They taught us how to fit into our bodies.

-An Oak Tree Dies Slowly

Happy Holidays Gem 🥳