This Week I Read Paul Robert Mullen: disintegration

Image credit: Brigitta Schneiter via Unsplash “as months shift/like blackbirds preparing broods in colour/you will see yourself in teardrops,” the speaker says in Paul Robert Mullen’s new chapbook, disintegration. disintegration is a dreamy, spellbinding collection of poems which are meditations on change and loss. In the poem, “after school,” the speaker says, “we laughed about…

This Week, I Read Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian Poetry

Image credit: Namnso Ukpanah via Unsplash “I grieved for my country. But/my country never grieves for anyone./She puts the tails of Panthers and Hyenas in my hands;// she runs away when they turn to bite./My country ran away from the beasts/ she built. She the Ostrich, the goddess of sprint,” Bola Opaleke says in his…

This Week, I Read: David Hanlon: Spectrum of Flight

Image Credit: Anna Sullivan via Unsplash “I was thrown/into the river/behind that schoolyard/and spent years swimmingagainst the current/At last / I made it upstream—” the speaker says in David Hanlon’s debut collection of poems, Spectrum of Flight. The pieces discuss Hanlon’s experiences being bullied, facing depression, as well as dealing with homophobia and coming to…