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#THURSPOETRY: Tariro Ndoro – Black Easter (reflections)

#ThursPoetry is back this weekend, with a new poem from Zimbabwe, in collaboration with our friend from Gourd of Consciousness.

Tariro Ndoro

Tariro Ndoro’s debut poetry collection, Agringada: Like a Gringa, Like a Foreigner received the 2020 NAMA Award for Best Poetry Book.

Tariro’s poetry was also selected for the Dalro Poetry Prize and the BN Poetry Prize. His work has been published in Best New African Poetry, The Kalahari Review and Oxford Poetry. He has held writing seminars locally and internationally and read his poems at Pa Gya! Literary Festival, Paza Sauti and Wordfest.

POETRY
Black Easter (reflections)

I mean, every life counts
you talk about freedom, emancipation and other pan-african rhetoric but you invented words like kwerekwere and you expected the necklace not to happen, i tweeted no to xenophobia but the words came before your machetes.

Why don’t you visit the townships that my countrymen die there?
It’s gonna be okay, it won’t happen again but you don’t know about immigration officers, using long sleeved shirts to hide my vaccination scars

How serious can it be, really? my cousin Farai made it his mission to be the toughest thug on the street so his neighbors wouldn’t target him
How did it work?
it didn’t happen

* first published in Agringada: Like a gringa, like a foreigner

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