From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

Forest Maths

Dawn in graphics:

a brightly cropped cloud takes dew across the length of a waxed May, left undated

like a girl refusing to repeat her skin.

raw light greens me to fed wisdom, stunned by a famished desire.

this much piety to sun, all for my faultless photosynthesis.

nothing is more fertile than this hardship.

I attend the wild reserve of oxygen to exist.

stuck to a cylinder & inhaling of rich aura.

at dusk, for want of grape I did a heartless thing.

life, snapped soon as the smashing of quick thumbs

ending a sapling peeled from the underbrush of dead nails.

blood massing the infinite length of my palms, like the alarming of a red text.

I say this with all aspects of my tear gland, death-eager as a budding poet.

I have seen absence become a metaphor for loss & decay.

time sorts the almighty formula for rot.

I’m elsewhere, happening to you as a puzzle

stalking you through the forest maths of trees & feral surd

like a topic for your distress.

what branch of thought triggers grief?

In the tongue-lolling umami of words, I’m a lad teething in honeyed places.

allow me this branding of dental relish.

we’d have more nights to worry about the sweetness of being veggies.

Nnadi Samuel

Nnadi Samuel

Nnadi Samuel (he/him/his) holds a B.A. in English & Literature from the University of Benin. His works have been previously published/forthcoming in Suburban Review, Seventh Wave Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, North Dakota Quarterly, Quarterly West, Blood Orange Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Gutter Magazine, Agbowo, The Blue Route Magazine, The Cordite Poetry Review, Gordon Square Review, Rough Cut Press, Trampset, Beestung Magazine, The Elephant Magazine, Birmingham Arts Journal, Liquid Imagination, and elsewhere. He is the winner of the Miracle Monocle Award for Ambitious Student Writers 2021 (University of Louisville), Lakefly Poetry Contest 2021 (Wisconsin), and the Canadian Open Drawer Contest 2020. He got an honorable mention for the 2021 Betty L. Yu and Jin C.Yu Creative Writing Prize (College Category). He is the author of Reopening of Wounds and Subject Lessons (forthcoming). He reads for U-Right Magazine. He tweets @Samuelsamba10.