David Ishaya Osu


rhymes rise
her skirt balloons
thighs itch

an avocet
floats on a
bald ripple

along eighth ave
zigzagging into
the river’s tail

charcoal breeze
still shadows
weaving lilies into soft cyclones

the bed is
now a scree
wanting miracles

she sinks
into the dunes—her
pillow waiting for a wave

The apple’s blood

from the apple’s
blood flow
these seven oceans
that drown
the  city

I’m no holiday inn

            take me with you to the city between
            your breasts

                                                —Uche Nduka

he reaches for
the ankh
touring in my city

nestle neon
lights at my

no   I chant
shutting the gates
to the inner yards

I am
no holiday inn

Author Portrait

David Ishaya Osu (b. October 27, 1991) is a Nigerian poet. His poems have appeared in literary publications such as: The New Black Magazine, African Writer, SALA (Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology) 2012, Former People: A Journal of Bangs and Whimpers, Gobbet Magazine, The Kalahari Review, Poetic Diversity, Ann Arbor Review, and elsewhere. His poem is featured in the recently published A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry. David is currently exploring Japanese poetry forms, as well as polishing his debut poetry book. He is also a street photography enthusiast.

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