Poetry / Zakiyyah Dzukogi
:: Tough and Soft ::
I’ll write poetry afresh tough and soft on the toilet sit. Like every spot on my neck from the ones mother made, I found poems, stretchy like today's wind— forgive them, read them. Turn off your lamp, this is one of my dreams.
From the writer
:: Account ::
This poem is one among my simple, short poems. I gave “Tough and Soft” life on the night of 14 January, 2021. It came about that night when I had a feeling about not writing enough in the language of God. Writing this poem makes me feel free from any rules attached to writing poetry: it is therapeutic. Poetry has always been. Poetry, whether “Tough or Soft,” should at least carry flowers.
Zakiyyah Dzukogi is a 17-year-old Nigerian poet. She is the author of Carved (a poetry collection), winner of the 2021 Nigeria Prize for Teen Authors, a prize she had earlier won the second-place position in 2020. She is a winner of the 2021 Brigitte Poirson Poetry Prize, as well as the 2019 Splendors of Dawn Poetry Prize. Her works are published or forthcoming in Melbourne Culture Corner, Olney Magazine, Rigorous, The Account, MixedMag, The Beatnik Cowboy, Kalahari Review, Spillwords, Sledgehammer Lit, and others.