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Supination in Church & Onyame was Formerly Understood as Woman | Michelle N’ankra Oppong

Supination in Church & Onyame was Formerly Understood as Woman | Michelle N’ankra Oppong

Supination in Church & Onyame was Formerly Understood as Woman Michelle N'ankra Oppong Agbowo Best African Poems

ISSUE 8 | JANUARY 2024 | WOMAN ISSUE


A man tried to force a Bible into me 

again. this time in the back 

seat of a volvo, wrecked from water 

damage, he convinced me to get into. Upset 

I glide over passages. 

Make it hard for him 

to open me [good woman] 

hold him in my mouth. 

There is a room with a lower viscosity 

I keep entering 

floodbare, its waterline etched in heavy walls, 

cursory stitched shadows to the belongings left. 

I pick up a machete & wander 

into the chambers of a tree & tap 

the palm from the inside. 

I plant a line in my head 

& walk on it. those who remember 

my face in fragments 

will count a redness to my touch. 

A history watching 

the back of people’s necks 

glide in my palm. [soft sweet useless things] 

There is a stance I keep 

fold myself along 

z-axis belly to knee 

face into chest 

hair gelled into a 35-degrees 

z-axis belly into being 

*If you’re not careful the saccadic eye will miss 

me. take the air above my head for my face 

shadow as my feet.


Michelle N'ankra Oppong

Michelle N’ankra Oppong

Michelle N’ankra Oppong is a poet currently in an MFA program. Her primary focus and thesis are on recontextualizing living spaces such as rooms and houses, through the lens of blackness, identities, mathematical concepts, politics, body, and various sentimentalities.

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