Poems

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OEDIPUS TRAVAIL by Bayo Aderoju

OEDIPUS TRAVAIL by Bayo Aderoju

OEDIPUS TRAVAILby Bayo AderojuShortlist (Top Seven) of the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category)I   Yesterday, the village rainmaker held rain. This morning, wind mimicked rooster,  woke a storm, blew rainclouds' eclipsing garb...

MEMORIES by Abdulmueed Balogun

MEMORIES by Abdulmueed Balogun

MEMORIESby Abdulmueed BalogunShortlist (Top Seven) of the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category)A young man walks through  a hunted street and his phobia  resurrected from its tomb    Yet he walks, but with his eyes closed, ...

LIFE IS A PROPER FRACTION by Damilola Omotoyinbo

LIFE IS A PROPER FRACTION by Damilola Omotoyinbo

LIFE IS A PROPER FRACTION by Damilola OmotoyinboShortlist (Top Seven) of the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category)i am neck-deep in a quagmire, my mind is a  gallery holding the dire portraits of my life   on my flesh, pain has...

THIS THING CALLED DEATH by Blessing Anaso

THIS THING CALLED DEATH by Blessing Anaso

THIS THING CALLED DEATHby Blessing AnasoShortlist (Top Seven) of the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category)I was twelve when I first saw it, Cells fat and pink, the colour of cancer, I saw its fingers in Ma's falling hair and in her...

MELODY OF ANARCHY by Ajani Samuel

MELODY OF ANARCHY by Ajani Samuel

MELODY OF ANARCHYby Ajani SamuelShortlist (Top Seven) of the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category)Our land is Atacama desert for The past two weeks Yesterday, I met my brother praying For rain under our stairs So last night, it rained....

IN THE NAME OF TRANSCENDENTALS by Ibe Obasiota Ben

IN THE NAME OF TRANSCENDENTALS by Ibe Obasiota Ben

IN THE NAME OF TRANSCENDENTALS by Amarachi Iwuafor In the Name of Transcendentals - Second Runner-up of the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category) in faith i write that this poem is not a hangman even though there are too many lifeless...

SHE STARED BACK AT US WITH HER EYES CLOSED by Amarachi Iwuafor

SHE STARED BACK AT US WITH HER EYES CLOSED by Amarachi Iwuafor

SHE STARED BACK AT US WITH HER EYES CLOSED by Amarachi Iwuafor She Stared Back at Us with Her Eyes Closed - First Runner-up of the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category) When death walked in, it took in its arms           one person, ...

HYDROLOGY by Chiwenite Onyekwelu

HYDROLOGY by Chiwenite Onyekwelu

HYDROLOGY by Chiwenite Onyekwelu Hydrology - Winner of the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category) You were my first undoing. You         whom I met at the shorelines of my life. In the sizzling of oatmeal too close        to ruins     ...

NOTES ON CRAFT: ON SECOND PERSON POINT OF VIEW by Olakunle Ologunro

NOTES ON CRAFT: ON SECOND PERSON POINT OF VIEW by Olakunle Ologunro

Notes on Craft: On Second Person Point of View by Olakunle OlogunroDear Writer, The second person point of view (POV) is a very tricky one to pull off. It’s not as though the other POVs are easy, but with the second person, there’s the additional damage of trying to...

PORTRAIT OF LOVE AS AN ARSONIST by Oluwatosin Babatunde-Olotu

PORTRAIT OF LOVE AS AN ARSONIST by Oluwatosin Babatunde-Olotu

PORTRAIT OF LOVE AS AN ARSONIST by Oluwatosin Babatunde-Olotu I I was eight or nine when I learnt to balance  my gaze and heart       on broken bodies and dreams. Each time father returned from another fruitless journey to Egbeda in Ibadan, he’d mouth denial as if...

HERE IS WATER by ‘Gbenga Adeoba

HERE IS WATER by ‘Gbenga Adeoba

HERE IS WATERby 'Gbenga Adeoba(After Kechi Nomu’s Your Old Bones are Seeking Wooden Crosses) At the waterside in Boyo, the rituals of movement intensify at dusk.  The pull of tides reinvents the shore into a space for things intimate and lost. You could find trinket...

Isolation

Our third issue ever, "Isolation" is out. We had thought-provoking conversations with Alexis Teyie and Tobi Nifesi. It's a collection of works from some of the finest minds out there -- poetry, short stories, interviews, and creative essays.

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