Nabila Lovelace


Nabila Lovelace is a first-generation Queens born poet, whose family is originally from Trinidad and Nigeria. The author of Sons of Achilles (YesYes Books, 2018), she lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Source

Still, I Don’t Love My Father

In a Greyhound Station his last name

is read before my first


by the entrance attendant I hand my ticket to. Who

is kind & asks me “Why didn’t you bring


me breakfast?” It is 4 in the morning, I blush

to myself. Oedipus, I do not want


the older stranger inquiring

on his day’s first meal. I respond, “You


were bringing me breakfast today” a snappy

teen in my gullet. Glum, but glinting


in my cheekiness extended

to the aged stranger who I knew


was Nigerian before his exhort of such. I don’t love

my father, but the Greyhound says, “Your name


is beautiful is it African?” & he means

my name,


my last.


& I cannot say I believe in love because

I love my father. No. That country stretched


itself large w/ new children. There is no room.

But I believe in love, 20th of January, even


in a Greyhound bus station where

fluorescents blink to bleakness, even


as my country inchoate

itches to slide me off its flag,


when I remember the Attendant in Atlanta

taught me hello in Ibo


when I told him I could not speak

my father’s language. Oh,


how the weeping followed.





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:




Intersectionality & Culture

Literary Devices:


the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession


conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie