Essah Cozett is a poet and a Doctoral Caribbean Literature and Languages student at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. She is a first-generation Liberian-American, born and raised in Georgia. Her poetry explores women’s empowerment, identity, and spirituality through African influences.
“One wonders if this influx of women in churches does not give rise to potential abuse of power within the church.” In this fascinating article, Ilet Chirimangombe writes about how religion in Africa is built against women.
The headlights from an incoming car blind me for a second before I adjust my own headlights. My hands are clammy as I grip the steering wheel, despite the coolness of tonight; I’m sweating through the thin blouse I’m wearing. My heartbeat is back to its normal rhythm and my focus is back.
I am number thirty-seven. I hear my number being called from the loudspeakers, more like a dull buzz than actual words, and I sit. The girls on either side of me have been seated for a while, though I don't focus on them enough to hear their numbers.