Spring 2024

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By Manthipe Moila

**, 26

small-voiced  tender-breasted  tight-
ly wound
full of mnemonics  remembers
the Korean word for face
by picturing a room full of *ghoulish leers
speaks about home in abstractions
wants love to be concrete   textured-right
brittle   like bone left to soak in soda
  says soda now
neat-limbed but mind the fissures
mind the outbursts
mind the pebbled stoniness
and teeth
mind the soft gummy tissue
might open for you if you promise
to crack open first

*The Korean word for face is ‘얼굴’ pronounced similarly to ‘all-ghoul’

Manthipe Moila is a poet from Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a BA Hons. in English Literature from Rhodes University. She has been published in New Contrast, Stirring, Kalahari Review and Tupelo Quarterly. Her upcoming publications will appear in Agbowó, Thimble, Hotazel Review , and Hole in the Head Review. She is currently based in Seoul, South Korea. Photo credit: Rae Ann Bochanyin

Spring 2024