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The Politics of Pain and Things that Demand to be Felt | Frank Eze

1. Pain is the champion of the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for…

Spirit Merge as Nature|Stephen Mead

STEPHEN MEAD is an Outsider multi-media artist and writer. Since the 1990s he’s been grateful to…

As we become one arts by Edward Lee

EDWARD LEE is an artist and writer from Ireland. His paintings and photography have been exhibited…

Movement|Sulola Imran Abiola

SULOLA IMRAN ABIOLA is a native of Oyo state in his early 20s and an aspirant…

Lots of fun with Finnegan’s wake Album By Peter O’Brien

PETER O’BRIEN has published eight books, including A Perfect Offering: Personal Stories of Trauma and Transformation…

Woman with Bat and other arts by Cynthia Yatchman

CYNTHIA YATCHMAN is a Seattle based artist and art instructor. She works primarily on paintings, prints…

Book Review: How Morning Remembers | Deborah Uzoma

BOOK TITLE: How Morning Remembers The Night AUTHOR: Ifesinachi Nwadike PUBLISHER(S): Winepress Limited, Griots Lounge Publishing…

Moment of embarking | Chitra Gopalakrishnan

In the half-light of dawn in September, the river Narmada glides tranquilly in the ancient riverine…

On The Tyranny of Grief | Anthony Madukwe

I “The day I lost my father was the day I realized how close we all…

Mother’s Milk | M.A. Blickley

My lips tremble as if I am about to cry. Please let your mother’s milk steel…

Projecting Dreams | Robert Mitchell

Word must have gotten out that Jake Martin was going to be using the old drive-in…

Voltage and Current | Peter Donnelly

Voltage and current: the stanzas themselves a switch board channelling energy through lines; a passage of…

Cordial rays of hope | Rob Lane Wilder

eyeballs glowing ole fred rogers on a TV heard to say each & everybody has their…

The Dark Affair | Rizwan Akhtar

—for Tammara Claire The darkness puts an embargo on rooms minuscule apertures in windows survive suffocated…

Parkways|Rob Lowe

There is no bottom, No real self; Only this incandescence Where poetry emerges. There is the…

In quarentine |Peter Hrastovec

The first thing you notice are birds, louder than normal, unmistakable and clear. They no longer…

Vodka Omelet|Michael Lee Johnson

Make it clear in my mind, Jesus, am I whacked-out on Double Cross Vodka or have…

A Complaint to Paper|Antonia Facciponte

You would be more useful as blank pulp. Beloved paper, you sleep, booked to silence—closed, too…

Two Poems|Olajuwon Joseph Olumide

Transience What manner of eulogy shall we accord to the preening lilies and the luxuriant green…

Queer in Belfast|Grace Tower

When God finds me, shuddering under a shire horse, snot dangling from its nose, he’ll shred…

Flan|Mariana McDonald

    Getting the sugar right−that was the hardest thing.      Caramelizing the sugar, taking it from…

Blood|Lance Manion

It started with a small cut on his arm. He’d been in the yard, cutting back…

Just Over the Moon|A Whittenberg

On that blue-sky day, there she was, Nikki Joval.  I, nervous and shaking, and I saw…

TRANSCENDENCE|Adepoju Isaiah Gbenga – Nigeria

Last dawn, as Mama gasped on the shore I asked her what transcendence means: She says…

The Accidental Myth-Buster | Victor Nandi

“First time here?” the barman filled the glass. Derek nodded while scrawling into his red pocketbook.…

For all the boys I know are bleeding stories in the dark album by Martins Deep

MARTINS DEEP is a Nigerian poet & photographer. He is passionate about documenting muffled stories of…

AND EVERY GOOD MEMORY|MICHAEL I. OGBODO

SYNOPSIS Its painful to lose a loved one, but keeping their memory alive is one way…

2020 Best of the Net Anthology Nominations

Poetry Curses by Osahon OkaYesterday night by Adeyeye James Oluwatobia shadow ready to perform arson by…

Interview with Toby Abiodun

Libretto recently caught up with award winning spoken poet, Toby Abiodun, to discuss poetry and the…

Two Poems By Ayokunle Samuel Betiku

a sketch on living                                I am first encased in a shell of water, silence & darkness.…

Floater

It was 5.55 in the morning. Osu sat on the floor with his legs folded, one…

Interview with Servio Gbadamosi

Interview by LIBRETTO Libretto had a discussion with award winning Nigerian writer and publisher, Servio Gbadamosi.…

No more civil nonsense

when I first heard the word ‘gentleman,’ it was from the cartoon version of Oliver Twist…

Two poems By Adaeze .M. Nwadike

Flowers for Akachi: How not to mourn a skydiver You wanted to be a skydiver and…

Everyday America By Jeanette Willert

Our Waffle House looks like all the others: tired formica tables studded with condiments and napkin…

There are no new names for grief By Chukwu Emmanuel

Sometimes I reconsider many things. How uncomfortable it makes me that grief could decide the various…

Broken By Michael Ace

To write this poem, I carry the night on my tongue. It tastes black, like the…

What else we could do? (we had no choice) By Robin Helweg–Larsen

(The Bahamian people speak: from 1700, 40-50 years per stanza) This Bahamas soil all rock and…

Rebellion By Sai Sabouke

We have buried so many loved ones That we’re now masters of obituaries. The Aso Rock…

Origin Story By Bill Yarrow

My father taught me how to solder and that’s when I first started to write. Now,…

The Media Says My Country Is a Beautiful Hell By Olaniyi Ololade Moses

How does it feel when you read about forlorn boys dissolving into tears each time life…

What is misplaced after transcribing father By Nnadi Samuel

Two years after mother was dwarfed into what her maternal home rejected laughter became another profanity…

Two poems By Tukur Ridwan Olorunloba

life in a lyric of loss this world is my shadow. he left me behind &…

Two poems by Goodness Olanrewaju Ayoola

a shadow ready to perform arson I push myself a bit further out of a self-wreck…

Rattle By Ola Halim

Tolani was sure she heard a rattle. Like metal claws scratching dry earth. It whizzed something…

Literature in the North: A Review of Mujahid Ameen Lilo’s “City of Smoke”—Ubaji Isiaka Abubakar Eazy

There can be no doubt about it; the future of Nigerian literature is in the north!…

Sickle cell By Michael Ace

How do you start a poem with yellow eyes, and a mouth torn apart in screams?…

Homecoming by Yetunde Morenikeji

In my house, there are no hanging portraits to remind us of happy memories except the…

Two Poems by Nnadi Samuel

Canvas of Death Before she epitaphed silence on the gravestones of our tongue// with phlegms of…

Press Release: Long Before Dawn by Nnaemeka Nwankwo Okere

With uncertainties lurking around Africa on the destination and destinies of the black man, considering his…

Africa, a Country or Continent

Africa as ancient as Athens Bossed by British behind birth Britain backed blacks behind their backs…

Twitter Writing Contest Season 1: Round 2, Day 5, Duel 1.

ROUND 2, DAY 5, DUEL 1 #TwitterWritingContest  The shortlist for the Twitter Writing Contest (sponsored by…

An Exclusive Interview with Sylva Nze Ifedigbo

— SylvaNze Ifedigbo, fiction writer and op-ed columnist, was born in 1984 and lives in Lagos…

An Exclusive Interview with Ifeanyi Jerry Chiemeke

Ifeanyi Jerry Chiemeke is an editor, culture critic and lawyer. An author of “The Colours of…

ISSUE 01

Dear Reader, Great artistry is not achieved by impulse, but by a deliberate effort to rise…

Home is a Feeling

“What does it mean to mourn a place that does not exist?” Cameron Glover asks in…

A CERTAIN KIND OF DEAFENING PAINS: REVIEW OF OCTOBER BLUES BY OBIAGELI ILOAKASIA | JOHN CHIZOBA VINCENT

There is one special thing about water, it is formless. It assumes and takes the shape…

October Blues | Obiageli A. Iloakasia

We are overjoyed to announce the release of October Blues by Obiageli A. Iloakasia. In this…

A REVIEW OF OBIAGELI ILOAKASIA’S TWITTER STREET BY OKOEMU O. OKOEMU

The proses entitled ‘Twitter Street’ retold a reality story of nearly all that happened around us…

Dream, he lived | Astha Khanduri

As he saunters in the forest of clouds, Seeks his mother’s shroud As he sits besides…

A REVIEW OF OBIAGELI ILOAKASIA’S TWITTER STREET | JOHN CHIZOBA VINCENT

In Twitter Street, Obiageli Iloakasia’s characters are Air. They go everywhere and serve purpose.. They breathe…

Twitter Street | Obiageli A. Iloakasia

Hello, Readers, This year, we are overjoyed to release Twitter Street by Obiageli A. Iloakasia today.…

AFRO-STENTORS SET TO UNVEIL HER FIRST BOOK IN THE AFRICAN LITERARY MARKET

PRESS RELEASE Media contact: afrostentors1@gmail.com Indigenous and unique start-up, Afro-Stentors publishing outfit is set to sail…

SECOND CLASS BOY | JOHN CHIZOBA VINCENT

SECOND CLASS BOY | JOHN CHIZOBA VINCENT

Libretto Presents “A Song of Endless Flames—Usman Karofi and Nosakhare collins

Hello, Readers, This year, we are extremely excited to present to you a song of endless…