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Harry Garuba    

Two Poems

Harry Garuba, author of Shadow and Dream, is a professor of African Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.


  Monkey Love

hanging from the branches of your arms
dreaming of bananas,

I long only for things prosaic
things without poetry or fire

like bread and flesh and earth
like soil and seed and water

like the body evidence of sweat,
undeodorized, fresh with odour,

neither seas nor sunsets will serve this need

I long only…

to clasp the trunk of your body
and hug you like the monkey hugs the tree

a hairy love in an embrace of leaves




Death of a Poem

(For Sesan)

there is a lie in every line that rhymes
a line in every rhyme that lies

to tell the tale of a boy who loved beauty
so much he could not take the warts
that punctured the rhyming lyrics of his life
the debris and the log that punctuated
the flow of the river and the grace of the seagull

he couldn’t take it here
and one cloudless day
sunshine pouring like crystal showers
his spirit soared above the skies
leaving behind the lies in the rhymes

This dull, dull craft of words
Can it capture the dark delight of his life?

The Arabization of the Sudan

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