Barca Nostra, 19 December 2019

by Olivia Elias Their report cards pinned to their chests will not have saved them pathetic passports barely good enough to make paper balls loaded dice error message this world …

Lasantha Wickrematunge

by Vidyan Ravinthiran Author’s note: The Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor of The Sunday Leader, was likely assassinated. He wrote an editorial that, published after his death, stirringly accused his …

Spleen

by Nuzhat Bukhari The native’s muscles are always tensed . . . ready . . . – Frantz Fanon Almost all her life had been a slow war. Even between sheets …

Twelve Million

by Taher Adel The letter ح does not exist in any other language, it’s pronounced as h but imagine your lungs are struggling for breath, is that why hub is the most common word for love? because …

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an excerpt from The Ferguson Report: An Erasure Nicole Sealey

She

Hannah Lowe She brought me a glass of orange squash each morning and hers was the strong soothing hand that led me to school, and left me skipping or hop-scotching …

Poetry London Prize 2020: Highly Commended

Luke Allan Mantelpiece with Bananas Sometimes a great boredom comes over me when I am naked. Standing at the window watching a man fasten his daughter into the plastic bike-seat, …

Poetry London Prize 2020: 3rd PRIZE

S. Niroshini Letters to Sunny Leone i. Dear Sunny, I want to explain to you how I lost track of my body. Or rather, how I lost the sense that …

Poetry London Prize 2020: 1st PRIZE

Eleanor Penny Winter, a biography I’ll admit I was raised in a red house by a woman with red hands on a bare hill, where birds walked on the ground …

Perennial

Oakley Flanagan I once thought we had fought to become entitled to love & divorce; leave the parade, go home mindless. I was near senseless, forgetting what we’d inherited. See, …

The Owl

Maya C Popa Took off from the field again away from you and back in my direction. We share an owl now – we did not mean for this to …

The Mystic

Raymond Antrobus The lightbulb in The Mystic’s living room is reluctant. The pink laminated sofa looks like a fat dick in a greasy condom. The Mystic sits in the deck …

To Turn

Amineh Abou Kerech They threw a very little ping-pong ballat my country, a very little ball. I thought the ball would come backand everything would be okay but I was …

my poems

Danez Smith my poems are fed up & getting violent.i whisper to them tender tender bridge bridge but they say bitch ain’t no time, make me a weapon! i hold a poem to a …