Uche  Nduka

From Dawn To Gut

First we feast
              then we fast

a running

between us
               the mystery

of sex
            in marriage

               appears disappears

arms cross uncross

                     so goes love’s

                   after the fall
of the wall

                   when more
is not enough

the target

                  of that game
of chance

After Fate

Keep going
the words want
to make waves with you

these curves
have suns

you’ll find me
in your garden
of thorns

an apprehension
that extends
beyond milkweed

poetry can’t defend
the brokenhearted
from brokenness

why ask the poet
to maintain a tone
of measured anguish

wandering attention
to learn from
and obsess about


I yield
to your caresses,
your inner
rays of the cunt,
the destination
you have chosen
without going over
the edge,
letting it ripple,
stroking it,
as your fingers
slide in
and out,
until you reach
the G-Spot
head for home.


When we’re stretched
to our limits we explore
the depths of our lusts we
become morning fishers messing
about in sailboats sky in our
ears sky in our mouths sky
in the hands in the arms coming
out of nowhere “anxieties of
white fragility” bodies grown past
the moon or a bather that
says never say never batting
her eyelashes


The presence of artillery shells.
Bombs were and are intentional

No room for a slip of tongue.

Ahead of the news anchor.
Murder, disorder, blizzard.
Effulgent prophylactic.

Depth of the rampage.

Hours counting us
when surrender is anything but.

Dross of a diorama.

Reluctant to move on.

Based in New York City, Uche Nduka is the author of 13 volumes of poems, including Scissorwork (Roof Books, 2022), Fretwire (Griots Lounge, 2022), Facing You (City Lights, 2020), and Living in Public (Kristiania Collective, 2018). Some of his essays can be found online and elsewhere. His writing has been translated into Italian, Finnish, Arabic, German, Turkish, and Romanian.

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