each night a diluted memoryinfiltrates my dreams—you catapultme to heavenon the slat of a swing, shinemy wrists with oil from the orangesin mum’s garden, sootheevery sulk with the best words, thelaughter that defines your face—idon’t recall your face, i tryto remember but i only seemyself stretched outon a rickety bunk bedin a boarding school dormwatching naked wiresflirt with a broken fanon the soot coated ceilingwhen they told me,your cousin ate a gun
Copyright © 2020 by Tolu Agbelusi
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Tolu Agbelusi is a Nigerian British poet, playwright, producer, educator and lawyer. A 2016 Callaloo Fellow, her work was shortlisted for the 2018 White Review Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in anthologies and journals including Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry (Peepal Tree Press), Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The White Review, Brittle Paper, Shado and Wildness Journal.
Agbelusi’s debut poetry collection Locating Strongwoman (Jacaranda Books) will be published on October 1, 2020 and is now available for preorder.
Visit www.ToluAgbelusi.com for more information.
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