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Issue 1

February 2020

Essay

SHOPPING  FOR  SPIRIT

Heather Njoku

The market carries a heaviness in it that one cannot tell very easily, just by being there, unless you have been told, or are acutely observant of such things, and capable of detecting the energy imbalance when it manifests.

FORMAL DICTION

 Spoken Word 

Osi Otsemobor

Fiction 

A CAT'S TALE

The grey tailed white cat sat purring on the kitchen mat when the 23-year-old writer for "Nobody Gives a Shit Magazine" brisk walked to the fridge and opened the bag of sliced bread. He took out a slice and thought first about the black coffee he was brewing and if it'd still work if he had it with the bread. Then he thought of the fruits he ate earlier, the 8 kilometers run over the past two days and the plantain chips next to the bag of bread which he hoped to reward himself with if at all he could manage to hack 1000 words before dawn. He put the bread back in the bag, wandered into the kitchen, accidentally washed the dishes in the sink and rushed back to his desk with renewed poise.

Chijioke Osuji
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 Photography 

ONE VERSE WONDERS

Music

JT Mole

ON THE KITCHEN TABLE

Ajay Abalaka

EQUILIBRIUM

 Amaka Amaku

A lonely girl sits in front of her apartment, weeping
The caterpillar transforms into a butterfly
Another heart, miles away, breaking
Glasses clink, a toast
The war was born today
Candle procession, black linen
An entire village, now a memory
Turning on the hot water
But
Getting stung by biting
Cold showers

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 Poetry 
 Book Review 

Amos Tutuola's

THE PALM-WINE DRINKARD

The year was 1952 and the idea of an African Writer was still very much unheard of. Amos Tutuola's The Palmwine Drinkard is a tale of mystical and harrowing adventure that pushed the definition of novel writing beyond the limits of the English language and beyond most western imagination who at best admitted to having been bewitched by the story.....

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