Shark Attack with Missing Sister

In my memory my mother isin the shallows, maybeshin-deep, swishing minnows into a blue bucket.In my older memories my sister was helping, because she was;but we don’t speak anymore, sonow she isn’t. At least,now I don’t remember itthat way. In my mother’s memory,the next thing that happens  is an open mouth. She pulls my sister, who isn’t there,from the sea. She screams. How long have there been sharks at this beach? In…

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Becoming American

I Writing about the ways your accent is at war with itself is like taking a knife to your tongue and splitting it into two unequal parts and then telling everyone what you did. One part of your tongue is who you have always known, a thick Port-Harcourt-Lagos-Nigerian accent that says, “Ogbeni, where you dey go?” and sprinkles “ha,” and “ehen” in conversation like thyme…

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Something about Dizzy Playing Tin Tin Deo 

Something about Dizzy playing Tin Tin Deo is driving a city streeta slow in the summer whale of a carwhen even without accelerating you are making every lightand the song is both your driving and on the radio at the same time: and it’s the shadow and shine of early evening in ticker pickets: the apartment buildings, the gapsthe cross streets. And it’s a wild assed cloud racearound the buildingsthe…

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A Slow Petrification

After Manahil Bandukwala’s “Petrify” Your body did not decompose into dust but began a slow petrification.There was no stench of rot, no flies birthed in your skin, only a rough texture forming.         The rough texture forming across your skin dried you out, grating my flesh        every time I tried to stir you, to bring color back to the veins that disappeared. Your veins disappeared and were…

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Don’t Teach Me Nonsense: A Review of Holy American Burnout: Essays by Sean Enfield

Balancing personal truths against the raw realities of American society can seem impossible in today’s political climate, where ideas about truth and justice often feel up for debate, and an issue’s relevancy seems determined by the number of likes it receives on Instagram. Yet debut author Sean Enfield, in his wildly experimental and poignant essay collection Holy American Burnout!, released in December 2023 by Split/Lip…

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