THE FINAL DEVOTION x Jennifer Obidike

Photo x Lucas Mattine Carmel

The Final 
Devotion 

Jennifer Obidike

the trash 
devoured 
itself 

in slow 
motion

I said
burn 
everything 
down

burn 
my life down

should I 
pick up 
and leave

autumn 
leaves

should I

stretch 
my thoughts 
out 
into this night

dig a hole 
in the ground  

make 
a wish 
make ten 

if not in love
if fearing 
for your life 
alone

the salt 
of tears
the slime 
of snot

the final
devotion

lip locked 
in 
paranoia

let’s take 
the lust 
out of it

Jennifer Obidike is an American writer and performer living in London. She is the founder of ‘Let Me Read For You’, a new venture offering writing coach and editing services to creative writers.

Lucas Mattine Carmel is a London-based artist and photographer. His practice involves a relentless focus on the relationship between the logic and emotion, physical and unembodied and how these two influence and feed off of each other. He explores and immerses himself in these topics through the use of image, film, and writing. After graduating from Goldsmiths University in 2016 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art, Carmel partnered up with ArtNumber23, a London-based organisation responsible for curating art exhibitions in the UK and overseas. Their first exhibition, “Transitions” (2016) premiered at the prestigious Menier Gallery in London and brought together a talented group of creatives, who followed up with more shows: “Perception of the Figurative” at the 5th Base Gallery in Brick Lane and “Alienation” which has travelled to Athens, the James Oliver Gallery in Philadelphia, the Ground Floor Gallery in New York and back to London. Since practicing at Goldsmiths, Carmel has focused on gaining a visual and spiritual insight and understanding of the human condition through the use of photography, image manipulation and performances.