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Read 'Roof of Night' by Ishion Hutchinson

First, above all, I live forever. And
thereafter redecorate paradise
in the majesty of the Roof Nightclub,
DJ Lucifer, at predawn hours
terrifies the floorboards to give way to
Apollyon’s abyss, reflecting scarred light
on the wall. The mirror alive with tremors.

Of the poem, Ishion writes:

“Jamaican dub music creates and destroys an aesthetic of nobility. It respects no other system but the sound system. Pure intimacy is its core, though, an intimacy that turns chaos into joy: ‘forget your sorrow and dance.’ So, we do.”
—Ishion Hutchinson

Read the full poem online at Poem-A-Day.

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