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I wonder what it takes to go beyond the ordinary


to feel your hips joints rotate outward,
words peeled open revealing pithy catacombs
of desire and memory

to control the air around your head
a conductor of weather patterns; a singer of touch.
to come to an alien body and find cave paintings of home.

that which can only move if we move it,
whose illusions of neutrality conceal spectres
intentions for a world, collected bits of lives crystalized

to contain and amplify time. Perhaps it’s not a beyond
but a within: manoeuvres of netting, tearing out and snuggling in.


Jarred Thompson graduated from Alabama State University (Summa Cum Laude) in English. He then completed his Honours Degree in English (Cum Laude) at The University of Johannesburg in 2017. His poetry and fiction have been published in Typecast Literary Magazine, Type House Literary Magazine, The Best New African Poets Anthology of 2016 New Contrast Literary Journal and one of his poems was longlisted for The Sol Plaatje Award and Anthology of Poetry in 2017. Other fiction publications include the Johannesburg Review of Books and he is currently the Poetry Editor of Tap Lit Magazine. His current MA research looks at applying elements of affect theory in looking at representations of black masculinity in post-apartheid texts.

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