A story burns its presence on your skin, like the gazing eye in a photograph. You feel your own bareness and insecurity. You know what your love is worth: a great sacrifice: whatever it takes, to remain committed. The thought of dying often crosses your mind. And yet. Hope returns. Hope and survival are not discussed as a binary. If your life is full of holes, it is better than no life at all. Hope does not function as a feel-good supplement. It is like a thrust, a living-on, an anchorage.
The idea of survival is a rich place to begin any investigation about the value and mystery of human relations.
Kelechi Nwaike, “An autobiography.”
Tonye Willie-Pepple, “Cut.”
Adeyinka Elujoba, “Death is not the end.”
Paul Wairia, “Escape.”
Aisha Nelson, “Fear of the ‘morrow.”
Jen Thorpe, “Injured on Duty.”
Kate Hampton, “Learning.”
Sarah Haughn, “Notes upon returning to a marriage,” “From Bugembe.”
Omukuvah Otido, “Self-portrait as morally flexible gentleman,” “Proof by Induction.”
Damilola Yakubu, “Ireti.”
Glendaliz Camacho, “Dominoes.”
Alexander Ikawah, “Many-Coloured Brooms.”
Kabu Okai-Davies, “The Dream Within a Womb.”
Hal O’Leary, “To Die or Not To Die.”
Itoro Udofia, “Friendship.”
Cover photograph & portraits by Logor’ Oluwamuyiwa Adeyemi
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