A Random Directory of Poetry and Short Stories The Random Thoughts Have Come Across and Enjoyed Reading.


Three Elergies – Helon Habila

Gypsy in the moonlight – Adda Stories

Roots – Carey Baraka

No Is Not Enough – Angel Nduka-Nwosu

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Art of Fiction interview – Paris Review

Google’s translation headphones are here, and they’re going to start a war  | Nigel Kendall

First sentence – Greg Jackson

Summer after the war  – Kazuo Ishiguro

Can Nigerian Music Transcend Fela? – Tobi Alaaka

Forbidden fruit (Novel excerpt) – Stanley Gazemba

The desperate journey of a trafficked girl – Ben Taub

15 famous writers on the perils of a formal education –  Emily Temple

The things we never say: A family history – Amara Okolo

The book he was not supposed to write – Thomas E Ricks

We need to talk about snails – Tola Rotimi

Just Like My Mother: How we inherit our Parent Traits and Tragedy – April Dembosky

Knausgaard Writes likes a woman – Siri Hustvedt

Imagining the future of Nigeria: Accessing Africa through Sci-Fi – Deji Bryce Olokotun

Unending Love by Rabindranath Tagore

Mad Girl’s Love Song by Sylvia Plath

Learning what love means – Mathieu Lindon

The Cathedral – Raymond Carver

Experience – Tessa Hadley

Hall of small mammals – Thomas Pierce

The ProprietressYiyun Li

This Hell Not Mine: On Moving from Nigeria to America” by kenechi uzor

You Can Write Your Way Out of an Emotional Funk. Here’s How.

The mad dance of fantastic Phantoms by Caleb Ajinomoh

We Have Come Home by Damilola Olaniyi

Inyang, Don’t fight by Ike Anya

Experts in the field by Bonny Nadzam

He’s Not Really Here by Ijeoma Oluo

[Oral History] | Don’t Speak By Alice Su

Writing and the Game of Kings by Iheoma Nwachukwu

Introducing “Publish or Perish,” a new column by Tony Tula

Something about him by Mariam Sule

Nigeria has to start talking about the horrors of the Biafra war, fifty years on by  Chika Oduah

Ala | Precious Arinze

The Flaw in the Design | Deborah Eisenberg

This is what it is like to be Young, Gifted and Black in South Africa | Monica Mark

SuperBabies Don’t cry | Velamag

The young painters | Nicole Krauss

A Duet of the Going and the Gone | Moyosore Orimoloye

Our Part In The Darkness | Rabihal Ameddine

Since Everything Was Suddening Into A Hurricane | Binyavanga Wainaina

Of success and stigma: The dilemma of the African alpha female | Fadzayi Mahere

Things we have not yet demanded | Bruce (OdenBk)

The Best Days Of My Life | Niyi Ademoroti

The Thrash Heap Has Spoken | Carmen Maria Machado

The Mad Dance Of Fantastic Fantoms | Caleb Ajinomoh

The women in my family had to be good with money | Dena Landon

Purple voices | Caleb Ajinomoh

There’s always some reason to feel not good enough | Fird

My Life as a Wave – Emmanuel Iduma

The School – Donald Barthelme

Dead white guy | Tendai Hachu

Dear Genevieve, It’s All in the Narrative | By Pa Ikhide

Rusties by Nnedi Okorafor and Wanuri Kahiu (audio)

Afrofuturist 419 | Nnedi Okorafor (Audio)

River | Edogothboy

Lotus | Fird

Death Becomes Her | Ezinne Ukoha

I like what you’re trying to do here — but I’m afraid it may not work 🙁 | The Office Guy

Syrian poet Nazeih Abu Afash

The Famished road | Ben Okri disintegrated by Cambridge scholars

When Tomorrows End | Dancing Palmtrees

She | Anastasia Ruth

The Diner | Arinzechukwu Patrick

How to Write About Northern Nigeria  | Pwaangulongii Dauod

My House Hunt Wahala | Niyi Ademoroti

Attie’s home | Rodney Patrick

Swimming Emotions | Vilalio Machipa and Anastasia Ruth

Manna | Uche Okonkwo

Birds and Flowers | Lauri Kubuitsile

Four poems from Arinzechukwu Akpa

Purple Daffodils | Edogothboy

Jay will Not be back today | Rodney Patrick

The Fire Is Not Fire | Akwaeke Emezi

Losing and finding love in a time of Boko Haram Abubakar A. Ibrahim

A Gentle Reminder That Jesus Was A Brown Middle Eastern Refugee Who Would Not Have Voted ForSara JBenincasa

The Prophet of Zongo Street | Mohammed Naseehu Ali

Ravalushan | Mohammed Naseehu Ali

Accra Diaries | Arinzechukwu Patrick

Finding My Way Back to Prayers |  Phidelia Imiegha

My Landlady’s Niece Wants a Ring | Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

Re-memory | Motunrayo

The shea Prince | Frank Edozien

Meeting Kasiobi | Mariam Sule

Bro Chinua | Innocent Chizaram

Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and Other Stories | Jolyn Phillips

Signs and Wonders | Niyi Ademoroti

The Egg | Andy Weir

What killed Ebube | Rodney Patrick

Story of your online life | Rodney Patrick

Forgotten | Selasie

The Swahilification of Mutembei | Abu Amira

Why I answered my dads gay sex ad | Aussa Lorens

A strange Place | Selasie

Random Thoughts on Women | Rodney Patrick

Tortoise God | Ohigbai

Nostalgia of a Criminal Past | Rodney Patrick

Amelia | ANovelByGod

More Random Thoughts | Arinzechukwu Patrick

For coloured men | Jeremy Tagertt

Love Your Crooked Neighbour / With Your Crooked Heart |  Garnette Cadogan

Remain Nameless | Thejourneytomysoul

Four women, the president and the protest that shook the election results ceremony
| Ra’eesa Pather

Walter | Lester Walbrugh

Sister Stranger | Phidelia Imiegha

How It Feels To Be An Atheist In A Highly Religious Society

GENDER STUDIES | Curtis Sittenfeld

The real death |  Olakunle Ologunro

Self-Portrait | Nalphass

When Death is the Answer | Etenwa Manuel

The Familiar Difficulty | Badmus

A short, short note on Parents | Beyond Six Rivers

Men like my father | Cat

Rob way. the Musical | Caleb Ajinomoh

Can you hear her laughing | Miriam Sule

The Myth of the Ethiope | Richard Ali

God of the Blind | Amatesiro Dore

Triumph 1360 | Akwaeke

To live bountifully | Naa-Takia

54-word story | The Poetic Turk

The spirit and the chi | TJ Benson

Frances-Marie Coke| poems of nostalgia / poems of insight, reflecting upon a Jamaican past

100 days | Juliane Okot B’itek

The unremembered story | Nonso Anyanwu

Lorna Goodison | “Días del Bibliobús” (Bookmobile Days)


Cages | Temisan Agbajoh

Stones Of Loss | Sybil Whyte

A City’s Pilgrimage | Sada Malumfashi

“My Maths Teacher Hates Me!” | Paul Ugbede

With the Experience of a priest | Ugochukwu Mache 

Vain Glory | Teary Bliss

Feminism Vacumes and Fallacies | Sahara

Dear President Buhari  | Our Mag

Yarn | Mariam Sule

This Is not A Suicide Note | MamaSaysBe

In His Throat | Arinzechukwu Patrick

HOW TO RIDE A NEW WIFE | Caleb Ajinomoh

The Lonely Love | A Novel By God

Letters for The Kindred | Cat and Arinzechukwu

Of Death and Drama | Cat


When Rain Fell On The Night Of The Red Moon | Gbolahun Badmus

Why ‘America is not great’ | Teju Cole

The Gospel According to Nigeria | Elnathan John

The Art of Artlessness: Lessons from Bad Books | The Millions

Fear is a Thing That Cannot Be Disguised |  Mariam Sule

The Initiation | Nnamdi Anyadu

For you who will love me next | Solitarry

On our limiting mythologies of success and how artists survive | Junot Diaz

Africa’s Future Has No Space for Stupid Black MenPwaangulongii Dauod

Letter: Addressed to my son and daughter | Dziva

Of Girls Like You and Guys Like Me| Bemuse

Maligned | Edogothboy

Sticky Binds | keatynMonroe

There’s a Kaffir in My House | Joe Machina

Letter To Jimmy | Gbolahun Badmus

Conversation with the Proverbs 31 Woman | Kachee Tee

Learning To Belong | Charles Tsai

Charlene | HeelTurns

Mahogany | Joanne Osuchukwu

Twins | Anonymous Poet