Clarity by Jason Elford


Illustration by Mawia Hunter
Illustration by Mawia Hunter.

Currency flows
               in explosions
               paper covered in contraband
obscure secrets
               in love with bureaucracy
               pretending to be isms
               around quotations
               deflecting war ideas
               idealizing red tape.

I cannot pretend to be
               isms when fingers meet keys
when words touch eyes
               they affray in language
making it stutter
for clarity.


About the Author

Jason Elford

“This poem deals with the intimate links between bureaucracy, war, language, and cognition.”

Jason Elford writes short fiction, poems, and novels. His work has appeared in STOPGap. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.


About the Illustrator- 

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Mawia Hunter is trying to reflect the art and beauty of Africa and rebuild his past and Roots of Sudan.


Clarity is one of the many amazing submissions we have received so far for the second edition of the literary collection The Machinery. You can read the first edition here.

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