Poems by Dzekashu MacViban (Cameroon)
Published in issue 40 of The Ofi Press
Night of Endless Possibilities
In the familiar dark, this night of endless
The air, heavy, cloud-like & shisha filled
Spirals above my head like a space-time portal
Spiraling out of control like a
45 r.p.m. vinyl playing at 331/3.
And the order of the day—
Flirting with muses and mistresses
On these distant shores where
Color is nothing but a word.
But I swear I’ve seen these sounds before—
Not on cloud nine,
Nor on a high cloud of jot,
But plainly as I see you
And, monsieur, they
Danced with a self-luminous aura
Which brought my iris to a
Dzekashu MacViban is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has featured in the Ann Arbor Review of Books, Fashizblack, Wasafiri, Kwani, Pala Pala and Bakwa among others. In 2011, he published a collection of poems entitled Scions of the Malcontent and in 2012 he participated in the Kwani Literary Festival in Nairobi as part of the Moving Africa program and received honorable mention from The Sonora Review’s Flash Contest. He is currently working on a short story collection and a novel. He was recently the curator of the Cameroon leg of the Spoken Word Project, an initiative by the Goethe-Institut.
Image: "Vinyl player" by Fabio Penna.