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Ndubuisi Martins: A Lost Country

A lost country

Imagine that Giant,
fruitless expanse,
++ a country yet was.
++ hetero-pastiches. places and names
++ singing absence as a current hymn.
flat note. dead rhythm!
the poet makes gains of lost things,
but I paint a lost country,
++ reframe it as if that would unclasp death,
++ as if the breath will come moist still.

loss is present,
but not only in flesh – it is the absence of life,
knowing that what even lives,
is dead already. dead rhyme!
but loss is the end of this death
so that my country yet lives –
in the post-present…


Bleak Laughter

I seek no laughter under a tree,
neither do I dream of the passing wind
baring its teeth in laughter,
higher or
sometimes like the frazzled earth,
brim with things that burst with salt & sorrow
perching on the dusty pouches and glasses –
stilts of common heads,
necking against dreams
wastes of time and tide:
all far removed from
scents, sand, bats,
lies enveloped or wrapped
in the colours of dodgy dawn,
of taints & tact,
as the singular
structure of chaos,
yet the bleak laughter is:
the fleeting, harrying wind,
not the green earth,
sired in an orchestra of nature,
birdsongs unrehearsed…


Praise for men who want godly obeisance

We look southward to imaginary gods – simpletons of dust. We need salvation from the salty river of doubt:
clear waters give us feet to walk the land – kill the place of dryness and fetch the life of annelids.
rummage the belly of the earth in search of a bird’s larynx hidden in god’s feet – we look southward, returning to the foothills of the morning we left.
now, let’s give the dust to man of dust – who says he’s god. give it the steely laughter of November’s harmattan, and pour the urine of earthworms as rites of his passage.

Poetry © Ndubuisi Martins
Image by Cdd20 from Pixabay

Ndubuisi Martins Aniemeka
Ndubuisi Martins Aniemeka
Ndubuisi Martins (also called Ndubuisi Martins Aniemeka) has had his poems published, or they are forthcoming in many online poetry magazines and journals including, African Writer Magazine, Ngiga Review, Lunaris Review, Wreaths for a Wayfarer, Sorosoke, and African American Review. He has published two collections of poems - One Call, Many Answers (2017) and Answers through the Bramble (2021), which was longlisted for 2022 Pan African Writers Association- PAWA Poetry Prize, English Category. Interested in exploring Anglophone Poetry in what he attempts to theorize as The Signifying Chameleon, Ndubuisi Martins Aniemeka is currently a PhD student in the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic.

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