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Section 2

David Ishaya Osu

David Ishaya Osu
how long does it take
to listen to
an egg — we are so
fond of doors
that we have forgotten
our rooms
so soon; so soon: we
will need, bid
a heartbrake: there is
a goodbye seeking
to heal you, a
line facing
the rising sun; a talk
that cannot walk
through a telephone; a bird
may be missing her
— how long does it take
to listen to
a body that moves


David Ishaya Osu is a Nigerian poet. His work has appeared in: Eureka Street, Atlas Poetica: A Journal of World Tanka, Birmingham Arts Journal, The Kalahari Review, Vinyl Poetry, Grey Sparrow Journal, RædLeaf Poetry: The African Diaspora Folio, A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry, among others. David is a board member of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, and has been selected for the 2016 USA Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop.



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