On the East Bank of the Mississippi River, New Orleans

They come here to drown
they don’t know it
but they come here,
they come here to drown
even if it isn’t certain
they don’t know what they are doing
they come here to this place this time
to drown in a way that no one understands
but they understand and they have come here
to drown in a way that no one can understand
in the way that those who come to drown
and in drowning they will come to understand
that what they have done is a coming and a going,
and a finding of a place to come to and drown
in a place of places that understands
as much about drowning as any place
you want to know

Paul Benton

About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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