Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Last King of Africa

Africa has never had a king.
I thought you knew that?
You didn't know that? Africa
is a continent, not a country.
A country may crown a king,
but a continent does not.


I am the last king of Africa.
Imagine that. Understand,
it's just my imagination,
and now it's yours. It's just
your imagination I assure
you. Need I adjure you?

Chances are you have
concluded I have lost my
mind. I assure you I have not.
I know where my mind is.
My mind has crowned itself
king of Africa.


it's fair to say I am the last
king of Africa. In this silliness
I now abdicate my monarchy.
None of you will believe me
when I say I am the last king
of Africa. Honestly, didn't 
you know that?

© 2016 emmett wheatfall
All Rights Reserved

Authors, Books, and Poetry

  • Ashbery, John. A Worldly Country (HarperCollins)
  • Billington, Ray Allen. Limericks Historical and Hysterical (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Collins, Billy. The Trouble With Poetry (Random House)
  • Giovvanni, Nkki. Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day (Quill)
  • Gluck, Louise. A Village Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Gluck, Louise. The Wild Iris (The Ecco Press)
  • Hayes, A. Jarrell. To Woman, From Man (A. Jarrell Hayes)
  • Hoagland, Tony. donkey gospel (Graywolf Press)
  • Hoagland, Tony. History of Desire (Moon Pony Press)
  • Hoagland, Tony. Real Sofistikashum (Graywolf Press)
  • Hoagland, Tony. Sweet Ruin (The University of Wisconsin Press)
  • Hoagland, Tony. Unincorporated Person in the Late Honda Dynasty (Graywolf Press)
  • Hoagland, Tony. What Narcissism Means To Me (Graywolf Press)
  • Hughes, Langston. The Dream Keeper and other poems (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Kooser, Ted. Delights & Shadows (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Litte, William A. An Anthology Of Black Women Poets Of Oregon (Portland State University)
  • Merwin W.S. The Second Four Books Of Poems (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Merwin, W.S. The Shadow Of Sirius (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Nordhaus, Jean. The Porcelain Apes of Moses Mendelssohn (Milkweed Editions)
  • Oliver, Mary. House Of Light (Beacon Press)
  • Oliver, Mary. What Do We Know (Da Capo Press
  • Oliver, Mary. Why I Wake Early (Beacon Press)
  • Phillips, Carl. Coin of the Realm (Graywolf Press)
  • Phillips, Carl. Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006 (Farrar Straus and Giroux)
  • Plath, Sylvia. Ariel (HarperCollins
  • Randall, Dudley. The Black Poets (Bantam Books)
  • Rilke, Rainer Maria. Letters To A Young Poet (New World Library)
  • Sagar, Keith. D. H. Lawrence: Poems (Penguin Books)
  • Walcott, Derek. Omeros (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)