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Lupenga Mphande

Author of Crackle at Midnight (1998), Messages Left Behind (Brown Turtle Press 2011), and Things Circular (Cissus World Press 20015), Lupenga Mphande has had poems published in Poetry Review and other literary magazines and anthologies, including the Heinemann Book of African Poetry in English, Fate of Vultures, and New Poetry of Africa. He was the 1988 book prize winner of the BBC Art and Africa Poetry Award and is associate professor of African-American and African Studies at Ohio State University.

Summer 2003

Kafwadala

By Lupenga Mphande

One morning, Kafwadala opened his eyes And lay down to close them again. People came along the village path To view Kafwadala’s body, stretched Lifeless across the sandy path. Kafwadala […]

Summer 2003

Jungle Eagles

By Lupenga Mphande

One by one hordes of jungle eagles Rev up their wings and slowly Levitate on a cushion of air Going round and round the thickets Scouring the countryside for lizards, […]

Summer 2003

Anger of the Lake

By Lupenga Mphande

The anger of the lake cannot be quenched cannot be calmed. I hurried to rendezvous with the lake goddess at the twirl of eddies. Barefoot I ran gliding over soft […]