Air conditioner

here we are fat

as husbands

a bag of peas

between us

i would change

the channel but

no one has paid

the bill and the man

coming to fit the box

needs me to phone

my guy who will

phone him and then

he’ll call me back

i’m waiting the flies

in here like bailiffs

watching something

terrestrial and

from the buttocks

of my heart

what i wouldn’t

for a cotch

to lay my hat

in east windows

that open all the way

an ice maker all

to myself

i wouldn’t give

my name not laughter

but everything else


Gboyega Odubanjo was born and raised in East London. His pamphlet,While I Yet Live, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2019. His second pamphlet, Aunty Uncle Poems, will be published by The Poetry Business in 2021. Gboyega is an editor of bath magg.


TENANCY is a MAP project in twelve parts, presenting new work considering what it means to occupy somewhere–or something–temporarily. The project is curated by Helen Charman, MAP Commissioning Editor.