A Dedication for H. J. B. by Amelia Blossomhouse

BOMB 28 Summer 1989

Home of the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company

as purple shades
usher in the night
i lock myself
in our room
darkly hemmed in by
we almost shared
in the pressing darkness
i reach out
to pull the purple nightshade
as a comforter to surround me
no longer taunted
i submit.

Amelia Blossomhouse is a South African in exile and an internationally published author. She currently does dramatic readings of her poetry to live percussion. Our Sun Will Also Rise, a collection of poetry, is just out on Three Continents Press.

Kunyenyeza Ezikhotheni (Voices In The Wilderness) by Duma Ndloru
Ivan Vladislavić by Katie Kitamura
Vladislavic Ivan Bomb 03

“My imagination was shaped in a period of extreme rigidity in the social and political system. The apartheid system was about putting physical space between people. So an encounter with the other, with the neighbor or the stranger, has always seemed central to me.”

Fiston Mwanza Mujila & Roland Glasser by Sofia Samatar
Fiston Mwanza Mujila 1

“When a state ceases to exist, your body becomes your own state, the one and only state you have.”

Binyavanga Wainaina by Rob Spillman
Binyavanga Wainaina

Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina is inexhaustible, a public intellectual very much engaged with the literary and political worlds. His memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place, published this July by Graywolf Press, chronicles the multiplicity of his middle-class African childhood: home squared, we call it, your clan, your home, the nation of your origin.

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BOMB 28, Summer 1989
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