While studying at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, one of my favorite fiction book assignments was The Famished Road by Ben Okri. What an absolutely magical book! Spurred by my new-found love of this amazingly imaginative author, I purchased a small book of poems written by Okri, An Anti-Spell for the 21st Century: Mental Flight. Now I must have carried this book around with me from country to country, state to state for over ten years. I finally decided to read it on a trip to D.C. Below are a few of the passages that I wanted to share from this remarkable master-piece.