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Friday Feature: Damilola Omotoyinbo

Damilola Omotoyinbo (Frontier XIX), is a Nigerian Creative Writer, a fellow of the Ebedi International Writers' Residency, and a finalist for the 2022 Writing Ukraine Prize. She has work published or forthcoming on Lolwe, Olongo, The Deadlands, Ake Review, Agbowoart, and elsewhere. In addition to writing, Damilola studied Biochemistry. Follow her on Twitter.


tongues entwined. fingers stroke every crooked thing

till they become straight. palms cup turgid breasts

and carve them into percussion instruments — a drum,

a gong. tits morph into a harmonica. Aṣa's Be My Man

plays softly, and every thrust, wonder that turns back

the clock's hands. time slows — lit candles cast hazy

shadows of hands caressing an hourglass.

two souls stretched taut begin to float in space,

they long to refract reality

— to birth a surreal thing. their bodies search

for the closest route to heaven. they cradle desire

into a mould of miracle. listen to the music of horny

groin — a woman moaning down the walls of Jericho.

cleansing. purification. fanatics

digging their way through fantasy island.


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