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Aaiun Nin helps an ancient city combat intolerance

Black skin in the forsaken outback
of the world
both concrete and jungle
in varying states of decomposition
and men in a corner
ordering girls to smile
stiff with rigor mortis
all bones no flesh

Aaiun Nin was born in Angola. She is an activist and – as so many black men and women – a poet. She writes about the most important and prevalent global problem: racism and the sorry plight of people with non-heterosexual orientation. Her poems recount the sexual violence, religious fundamentalism and patriarchal society in her home country and since 2016 – the year she set foot on European soil – the discrimination against immigrants and the systematic police violence that is practised in Scandinavian countries against people of colour.

Heavy hands of grown people
Covering their mouths.
Scream in silence.
The first dying.
Body is a body
Body is a body
Flesh is not yours
Growing flesh of adolescence.
Unripe flesh ready for picking.

Aaiun Nin could not live in Angola because of the homophobia ingrained among her compatriots, because Angolan law does not recognise marriage between individuals of the same sex and because the Catholic Church frowns upon unions of such people. This outstanding woman – she has mastered six languages! – could not safely continue her residence in the country of her birth, especially with her same-sex partner, and so she left the Dark Continent straight for Denmark, where she spent a couple of years, enriching world literature with her poetry. You can read fragments of one poem in between the paragraphs.

The mayor and the authorities of Kraków (Cracow), the second most populous city in Poland, have just decided to offer the black poet residence in a magnificent villa (pictured). In 2011 Kraków had joined the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), and since that time it has welcomed eight prosecuted writers (Aaiun Nin is the ninth) to the sumptuous villa from as different countries as Egypt, North Ossetia (small part of Russia in the Caucasus region), Turkey, Iran, Congo, Libya, Belarus and Syria, i.e. countries that have come into conflict with the West.

Heartbreak is stoned-face
fingers on the trigger of whatever shape a gun will take
shoots in the dark
fighting against the will to live.

Aaiun Nin has come to Poland at the right time. As an experienced activist and erudite speaker she will be able to poetically point to all the remnants of the patriarchal societal structure of the Polish nation, help the Catholic Church reconsider her inimical stance towards LGTB people, infuse the younger generations with tolerance of and acceptance of all sexual orientations, stamp out racism and xenophobia, sensitize the police to the psychological fragility of immigrants.

that some of us
can stick to the first dying
push against the second third fourth
hold on to whatever flesh is left
call it our own
still smiling
maybe out of delirium 

Photo of Aaiun Nin, Kraków Otwarty na Świat

Fragments of Aaiun Nin’s poem quoted from Klimaaksjon / Norwegian Writers’ Climate Campaign ?? NWCC

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