Questionnaire for a Man from Another Man

Ultimately: so what role do you play?

Where do you live? Who do you live with?

Alone? A brother or a sister?

Someone else like you? A partner? A beard?

How often do you two call someone else?

Are you married? Where does your wife live?


And again: so what role do you play?

Can I know more about you – your age,

where do you stay, what are your hobbies?


Do you often travel, can you travel

to my place – I live with someone, do you mind?

Can I have a picture of you naked,

pictures so my ideas are concrete?

For the last time: so what role do you play?

I certainly just want to make sure.

Okwudili Nebeolisa

Okwudili Nebeolisa is a Nigerian writer whose works have appeared in Threepenny Review, The Cincinnati Review, Catapult, Salamander Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal,Transition Magazine, Ake Review, and Ambit Magazine and was shortlisted for the Kofi Addo Prize for Poetry in Translation. You can follow him on Twitter @NebeolisaO

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