Playthings

by David Ishaya Osu

David Ishaya Osu (b. 1991) is a Nigerian poet. His poetry has been published in Ann Arbor Review, Porter Gulch Review, Akitsu Quarterly, Birmingham Arts Journal, Acumen, The Missing Slate, and Atlas Poetica: A Journal of World Tanka, among others. David is a board member of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, and he is currently working on his debut poetry book.

have you listened
to his last
song—we now
grow granite in
our mouths, a
full year the
habit of
a highway, have
you lived
in a piano before
or had sex
over a loudspeaker?—ask
this rain
if she has
a director.

the playthings
in a red blood
cell of a
blue band, the pleated
skirt of
a river in
her magic months
—a chessboard
music is insane
when he doesn’t
touch the queen

 


David Ishaya Osu (b. 1991) is a Nigerian poet. His poetry has been published in Ann Arbor Review, Porter Gulch Review, Akitsu Quarterly, Birmingham Arts Journal, Acumen, The Missing Slate, and Atlas Poetica: A Journal of World Tanka, among others. David is a board member of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, and he is currently working on his debut poetry book.

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