Gbenga Adesina

Gbenga Adesina, Nigerian-born poet and essayist, has been published in Prairie Schooner, Brittle Paper, Vinyl, Ploughshares, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He jointly won the 2016 Brunel Poetry Prize and was a 2017 Emerging Poets Fellow at the Poets House, New York. He is a Starworks Poetry Fellow at NYU where he’ll also be teaching undergraduate poetry.

Morningside Park

Photograph by Ladan Osman 

My thought was to sit and perhaps
in sitting, one might learn how to reach

across a bench where emptiness sits and
touch a woman’s skin.

In this touch, my hand is a voice, it lifts …

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