Issue 37: Anticipation

Editors’ Note: March 2021

By Shameelah Khan Working title: somewhere between sleeping and wanting to sleepWhen I begin to dream, I stay awake and sometimes, I think of you When they ask of you tomorrow I will tell them that yo…

Odd Bookers: Books I Am Anticipating for 2021

By Kelly Ansara There is nothing more that gets me wide-eyed with excitement than a publisher announcement. They usually come from behind a wall with no warning on social media or email (depending on …

Odd Bookers: The Moralist

By Joshua Marcus Joshua Marcus’s 2020 novel, The Moralist, is a fast-paced thriller with a literary bent, delving into the inherent grey in the concepts of morality, crime and punishment, and greatnes…

Odd Bookers: The Oracle’s Journal

by Dimitri Liountris   The Oracle’s Journal, published in 2020, is an urban-fantasy epic set in the early 2010s and spans four volumes. In the time of the gods, a Great War between sixteen gods a…

Odd Artist of the Month: Awonke Kwinana

Anticipation through Six Ballpoint Artworks  Awonke Kwinana presents six abstract portraits depicting renditions of what effect anticipation can have on one’s visage. Siganeko – A Xhosa boy born …

Photo Series

By Gary Thomas Having lived in both Cape Town and Durban, the South African musician Gary Thomas has a wide range of musical influences. Gary was classically trained in school and later studied jazz a…

Odd Bookers: A tree, a bud and a flower

By Radiyah Manjoo Greetings reader, So many countries, so many choices. This month, I took the path most taken – I’m sorry, Robert Frost and hipsters. This month, we review Nigerian books.  Nige…

Collective Anticipations: An Anthology

An Anthology by Alun Robert Breakfast In Battersea by Alun Robert Starlings chorus at first shards of sunlightwhile Routemasters growl, Southern networks groan. Stretch my dead legs to scratch my empt…

hope, in a packet of seeds

A Poem By Emalisa Rose Last year was a lark; your momsent some Florida sunshine, alongwith a packet of seeds in the mail. we laughed; both of us lacking greenthumbs, but we planted. abracadabra! witho…

The Anticipating Hour

A Poem By Jessica Robertson Shifting, in the anticipation ofa reaction, refraction, contraction,an expulsion: explosive changeafter which things won’t be the sameall will rearrangemake way for n…

Identity/Inertia

A Poem by Lutfiyah Suliman Waiting, only to realize that waiting will not make us feel better.Waiting, only to understand that we are just waiting for things to stay the same.Waiting for a feeling to …

Anticipatory Avoidance is My Mental State

A Poem By Masoodah Mohamed ”I am a member of (AA) anticipatory avoidance”My breath scratches the roof of death.Coarseness grates pink skin intokeratin confetti showers.I am one foot in the…

Odd Artist of the Month: Eloosh

I have – specifically in the past year due to covid – shifted from one medium to the next, exploring a different way of being able to express my emotions and ideals. The anxiety created because of the…

Anticipation in Three Parts

smoke By Thomas Stewart the shape of youis standing at my window smokingtaking drags in contemplationslow and steadythere is no rush nowmaybe it’s because you’re deadand I have distorted y…

An Odd Journey: Anticipation

A Short Story Series By Amir Bagheri Part I: Anticipation The world has become a strange place. Other than the colours in the sky, nothing else seems to be consistent or predictable. It has been eight…

Kink

A Short Story By Ibañez He parked his car opposite the row of yellow buildings. The sun was shining hotly, but he remained there, seated in his car, thinking in anticipation about the room in the far …

Me in the Context of Him

A Short Story By Selabe Kute It drifts towards me when I least expect it. In the short passages of time where my mind lingers from the toil of everyday life. Driving home from work or walking the arid…

The Anticipation of Loss

A short Story By Zahirra Dayal Soniya lays with her jeans stretched far down her hip, and her top hitched up to her chest. When the cold gel touches her stomach, she shivers. The sonographer asks if s…

10 Best Thriller Movies You Need to Watch

By Sam Aberdeen Thriller is one of the most popular genres of filmmaking, but only a few directors have managed to really nail the winding suspense and anticipation of shock that these films usually p…

In Conversation with Nasty C

An Interview  By Amir Bagheri Odd Magazine’s Amir Bagheri had the honour of, once again, sitting down with the award-winning rapper, Nasty C. The conversation includes catching up on the reception of …

Odd Interview: Nomfundo Moh

By Angelo de Klerk I recently interviewed the upcoming, talented, South African singer/songwriter, Nomfundo Moh. We got to discuss her childhood, how living in Ndwedwe, KwaZulu-Natal (hereafter KZN) h…

Mixtape: Anticipation

By Amir Bagheri We’ve all been there; the grey area that is called anticipation. For the patient, this is the space where one can embrace solitude and inner-peace in order to accept life for wha…