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To call this body a country | Martins Deep


is to place merestones

in my chest,


demarcating graveyard from graveyard

where memories lie


buried, their deathless tongues still

singing through dust of skin


my chi, making my fingers dance to its strings


that to write poetry is to moonwalk

on terrains it showers

the weight of bones

whittled into plectrums


To call this body a country

is to summon water from wadis

to run free their tireless courses

down my eyes;


it is to tattoo the map of a warzone

on my birthmark;


to drive in the sweet tooth of grief deep in my body

bolting a cage of ravens

echoing and echoing in my throat

gunshots, and


a mother's hymn

seeping through a gauze gag.





Martins Deep (he/him) is an Urhobo poet living in Kaduna, Nigeria. He is a photographer, digital artist, & currently a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His most recent works have appeared, or are forthcoming, in FIYAH, Lolwe, 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Aké Review, Native Skin, Brittle Paper, Barren Magazine, Agbowó Magazine, & elsewhere.


Twitter: @martinsdeep1


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