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“The Well of Loneliness” by Daisy Odey

“The Well of Loneliness” by Daisy Odey

The city curls into a fist,
each body folds itself into
the soft chest of darkness.
The trees melt into the liquid black.
Street lights drip yellow on to the asphalt.
I come along
With a pocket full of taboos and old despair
Dragging the future behind me
A hearse of mirrors
I approach each one
Find time reflecting
old versions of itself.
Find what is ‘ I ‘
Is only an echo
travelling into tomorrow’s
Open mouth.

Daisy Odey is the author of the chapbook Fragments in a closet which was published in the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) New generation African Poets chapbook box set (2019) edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie schooner, Iceflo press, the Ake review (3rd edition), Saraba (Issue 22), and others. She likes to think of herself as fearless, pleasant, and provocative.

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