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Review of Omar Pimienta’s Album of Fences in South Florida Poetry Journal


Publication of my review of the book of poems and photography ”Album of Fences” by Mexican-US poet contemporary artist Omar Pimienta, with the editor’s selection from the Album, published in bilingual edition with Cardboard House Press

(In the audio files, Pimienta recites his poems in Spanish,  I recite the English)

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publication of Ouafa and Thawra (book of poems, drawings and an essay)


Poetry, Drawings, Essay


“Ouafa and Thawra is a nomadic collection: well-travelled and restless, but with roots firmly in revolutionary Tunisia, a tumultuous country “where people are sweet/

where even the hypocrisy is sweet.” Arturo Desimone travels fearlessly between genres, too, with sketches deepening the reading experience and a postscript essay on Tunisia

before and after the ‘Arab Spring’ adding context to the poems (and offering the controversial but sound claim that the Arab Spring was catalysed by the events of 2003 in Iraq). Desimone is wholly original: his poems simultaneously draw on a breathtaking, freewheeling sense of linguistic innovation, and on a timeless well of imagery and mythology.” 

Jacob Silkstone, managing editor of Asymptote

journal, co-founder of The Missing Slate

link url to African Books Collective (distributor)



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reprint of short story The Conversation of Angels

A short story I wrote in 2005 or so, since this year in the fantastic Australian literary website for poems, prose and pin-up girls, Horror Sleaze Trash

link here


My thanks to Arthur Graham the new editor/sensitivity-reader of H.S.T

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censorship-essay in Africanah contemporary art magazine

Essay about violent acts of censorship in the contemporary art world in democracies

of the West and the Global South, mostly


to the magazine which has a focus on contemporary African and Caribbean art

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Book Review: Poems of the Mare Nostrum / Costa Nostra


Having recently read a number of crowd pleasing novels it felt good to sink my teeth into this challenging poetry collection. Subtitled, ‘Poems for the twilight of the shipwrecked’, the author opens by explaining the main title.

Places go by many names over time. What we now call the Mediterranean, the Romans referred to as Mare Nostrum, meaning Our Sea. Today, Costa Nostra refers to

“beaches, and the Pan-European defence of coastlines and borders: a machinery which only intensified in recent years.”

Desimone looks to ancient Greece for heroes and beasts

“all of whom seem to have enjoyed significantly more freedom to wander, especially in the light of today’s more clearly defined barriers”

This theme of borders and beasts, ancient and modern, along with the plight of immigrants and refugees and how this compares to the treatment of tourists, permeates a collection alive with anger and contempt for those who…

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Short article on Algeria for DiEM25 News


to article I wrote on the pro-democracy protests in Algeria, as part of my collaboration with the foreign policy discussion-group of DiEm25. (With thanks to the editor Davide Castro)


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Article on Bolsonaro’s Brazil (English, Español, Portuguese

”Brazil’s Failed War on Drugs Revisited” in OpenDemocracy / Democracia Abierta


A volta do Brasil à falida guerra às drogas

Durante sua campanha Bolsonaro prometeu “matar pelo menos 30 mil pessoas” para tornar o Brasil em um lugar seguro e, para isso, prometeu armar quem quiser “combater o crime”


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