More Shrapnel

Another excerpt from my long piece ‘Scheggia’ (Shrapnel) is up at ‘Cairo’s coolest cosmopolitan hotel’, The Sultan’s Seal, thanks to Youssef Rakha

The scent of sun and ash, a taste of resin, blame. Summers across slanting floors and smiles like sickles for thoughts of flight. Abandoned streets and a feeling of sinking. Makeshift holes not far from the sea; closer in, the cicadas’ hum the whirl straight up to twilight’s hem, brittle wings which brought no breeze while all the rest were busy drinking, swallowing the searing-eyed, searing-tongued prophets and seers, and jaundicing into the yellow silence of the years. The tonal monotony of the land. […]

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