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Three Poems by Uche Nduka


Three Poems by Uche Nduka



between the humming
of things & humming of
a continental swerve

resembles nothing
more than reading southward

i’m disgusted
with my generation’s pursuit
of irony

stand still when the wave
comes crashing down

an intent beyond
the high treason of dolor

am trying to picture it
beyond crepuscular mandala

are you fucking serious

closer to a figuration
without censor

i salute the kneeling players



partly because love
travels through much
of these lines

ears & glyphs follow

something like a rash move
& various kinds
of self-denial

at the same damn time
don’t surrender your fifties
to the click of a button

queen as king
alternation of tongues
these boots oaths burgers

& those who were born
to porn & scientific racism

their intentional misperception
their culpability
their disguised hatred



white light into white wire.
lately they’ve become
targets of regret

& exposure to visas.

is the road here
to replace fled love?
no matter how straight it is.

later the plum
in a periplum waits
creaks rocks.

like a suffix
we can’t step into twice.

About the author

Uche Nduka was born in Nigeria to a Christian family. Raised bilingual in Igbo and English, he earned his BA from the University of Nigeria and his MFA from Long Island University, Brooklyn. He left Nigeria in 1994 and settled in Germany after winning a fellowship from the Goethe Institute. He lived in Germany and Holland for the next decade and emigrated to the United States in 2007. Nduka is the author of numerous collections of poetry and prose, including Nine East (2013), Ijele (2012), and eel on reef (2007), all of which were published after he arrived in the United States. Earlier collections include Heart’s Field (2005), If Only the Night (2002), Chiaroscuro (1997), which won the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize, The Bremen Poems (1995), Second Act (1994), and Flower Child (1988). Belltime Letters (2000) is a collection of prose. Nduka currently lives in Brooklyn.  His forthcoming book titled Facing You will be published in September 2020 by City Lights.

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