Teodros Kiros – Imagination and Inquiry

Selected Stories from Hirut and Hailu and Essays from Philosophical Essays and Ethiopian Discourse



For generations novelists and philosophers have sharply separated these two zones of human imagination. I am making a modest attempt to draw from these two intimately related sources, convinced that we can engage the interiors of these zones of the imagination as we struggle to make sense of our human existence.

In spite of this artificial separation, I can imagine our possibilities from the hidden recesses of our passions and the authority of our reasoning powers. For me, the novel provides us with plot, characters, and stories and philosophy complements the novel by cultivating characters who think deeply, meditate, pray and speak as they confront themselves and must make wise decisions.

The wisdom of the novel complements the meditative terrain of philosophical solitude.

My dream is to produce a philosophical novel guided by the wisdom of the novel and the maturity of philosophical argumentation.

The three books below are united by a single thread, which runs through novelistic creativity and philosophical seriousness through the narrative forms of the short story and the essay.

The Emancipatory Potential of the Beautiful:

Erich Johnson

It is safe to say that a common, popular conception of art is that which depicts the beautiful. Nonetheless, even this seemingly benign assumption raises some interesting questions. Is beauty a subjective or an objective notion? Does it reside in…

Poetry by Kevin Shaabi

Unbound Be the one to squeeze my hand, As I gaze at the freckled beauty of life Be the one to keep the mug of spent coffee, On the bright side of the shadows, As my wandering mind reflects, The…

Islas dislocadas

Arturo Dávila

Tres poemas al vuelo La historia de estos poemas es singular. Cuando el avión que nos llevaba a la isla de Guadalupe comenzó su descenso, recordé que la noche anterior había dejado (estratégicamente), los poemas escritos para esta ocasión (CPA…

Minnie Mouse

Raven Baksh

Goddamn, she is some sort of hot today. What is it? Like, nine thousand degrees out? All these sun burnt people with their sun burnt children don’t seem to be bothered… With their bare chicken legs out and their little…

“Hippy Boyfriend”

Alyson “Allie” Brill

I’m not goin’ anywhere. I live in a basement studio apartment with a cracked toilet seat and a peeling paint job. My buddies come over and tell me my place looks like a crack den. I don’t clean things. I’m…


Elias Chess

Clouds. Always clouds. They’re why my life is as it is today. Fucking clouds. I can’t believe I used to lie out in a field for hours, just so I could look up at the sky and be with the…

What Big Teeth You Have

Raven Baksh

Inside a maximum-security prison, DR. CRISTOFF LAKE walks down a cream-colored corridor. In his right hand, he carries his coffee thermos, and in his left hand he holds a few thin manila folders. He is very well put together; his

An Old Friend (Variation of Little Red Riding Hood)

Timothy Hayden Hamilton

~ The Reunion Wolf lurks through a dim alleyway in the hood, picking through garbage, trying to go un-noticed. A low pitched idling engine echoes down the alley, he pays it no mind. The soft whine of old car brakes…


Alyson “Allie” Brill

Deep, silky brown hair cascaded down her small frame. She had wide eyes and soft pink china doll cheeks. Sparkling on her right ring finger was a ruby red ring with a gold band. 21-year-old Ruby began packing for her…