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Section 6

David Ishaya Osu

David Ishaya Osu
This is not a legion
This is not a legion By David Ishaya Osu if spelling was your profession, why 									didn’t you say the colour 										you saw						in 					my pussy.  I have said it & I will say it again: 										choir is a military school—the 									choirmaster alone has the keys 									to the thrones of mercy.  so, tell me: who was Mercy to you? what is in charge of 									your eyeballs? what is your favourite 						hymn? Hymens?  see, because we    					are manuscripts & trashpans or because 									this thing’s been diagnosed with that 									three-letter world banned from its skeleton— breathing is not for pour—up till midnight 															the blackboard refused to white, the 		story refused a new paragraph							 the 		storey refused to grow taller 				than a rain, see my body is my journey, preacher
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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