Shailja Patel is the author of Migritude, published in the U.S., Italy, and Sweden. Her poems have been translated into seventeen languages. Born and raised in Nairobi, she lives in the Kenyan highlands, on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley.
Forget what you know about Zanzibar for a moment: cloves, slaves, dhow sails gliding into the sunset on the breath of monsoon winds. Zanzibar’s most famous export is the one least traceable to source. A small brown Gujarati-speaking Parsi boy. . . .