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January has been teaching me
that hurt can come from even the most comforting spaces.
Do not blame us for filling out
churches, we are praying against the things
the dark attracts.
If you want to know wahala
You can find it always in two places
A tro-tro in Accra
Or a danfo bus in Lagos.
Tom Lordan on a rich and innovative avant-garde poetry collection – if poetry is the right word – from Berlin-based Broken Dimanche Press.
“I whispered listen / listen today I read in a place / I cannot tell you of the dark matter / in the cargo of things.”
Dylan Brethour tells the tragic tale of the Mandelstams – poet Osip and writer Nadezhda – whose harrowing experience of persecution, exile and betrayal exposed the USSR’s excesses.
Tradition, betrayal and pain dance together in this poem.
What can you buy on a street? A song of surprise.
A poem/dialogue on possibility and impossibility.
On fortune, reading, and love of the other.
Remembering the fallen.
A meditation on inequality.
A future trend turns its back on clothes.
Litro chats with the spoken word artist ahead of his Latitude Festival appearance.