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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…

THE COLOUR OF SURVIVAL | STAR OKPEH

I am here. This is somewhere I once knew as home. So I am told. Everything…

MONDAY | FEYISAYO ANJORIN

I bet you know about Mondays in the cities. If you don’t know, you better ask…

WHEN PAIN LEAVES THE BODY AFTER A LOCKDOWN, WHERE DOES IT GO | JOHN CHIZOBA VINCENTS

Mother will visit again to say she is tired of holding her breath like a naira…

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS BOYS ARE NOT STONE III: THE ANATOMY OF BOYS, MEN & OTHERS.

Submission Deadline: 11:59PM, September 30th, 2020 Boys Are Not Stone Initiative is delighted to announce the…

NOIRLEDGE ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT FICTION CALLS FOR SUBMISSION

Noirledge Publishing and her partners are calling for submissions for the Noirledge Anthology of Short Fiction.…

LIBRETTO Publisher Releases New Prints and E-books For Poetry Chapbook Series

Greetings! LIBRETTO Publisher and Magazine was Launched in 2019 with the aim to publish works of…

Dreamers’ Paradise by Amos Ruturi

This world is full of dreamers. Some dreams are good; others are bad; while there are…

Them in us by Temitope Akinleye

I I tried. I tried so hard. Perhaps I really didn’t try hard not to blame…