Our bodies are continuations of maps places we've slept in become sad in made love in everything that's been through us an alternate geography sites of fevered reunions of irreconcilable arpeggios —On these rain-darkened floors, magpies In the music room our notes like water down a sink drain tunnel back into the piano the keys stouten and all that remains all that we are is a coat on a chair.
Joseph Omoh Ndukwu is a Nigerian writer who has work published or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Saraba, Brittle Paper, Expound and elsewhere. His essays have also appeared in A Long House and in the Rele Gallery’s book of young contemporary artists. An earlier essay was nominated for the CIAPS Public Interest Essay Prize in 2017. In 2014, he emerged a finalist for the Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
Featured artwork: Mad Laughter Digital painting Edward Michael Supranowicz has had artwork and poems published in the US and other countries. Both sides of his family worked in the coalmines and steel mills of Appalachia.