Two Poems

by David Ishaya Osu



we got our names from
the river’s mouth: the field
is only open / in a clam

is the rest of honey
that lathers in
light—the sun

has stopped

for fear of father
hood & eating
the broken beams

in a mooneye, we
face flames
& begin

to peal


They call me a catfish

i hope you feel
like you do / like Hawaii

like a walk around
three good girls

eating apples for
the first laboratory

—she caught
her voice

the suicide


like yolk


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About David Ishaya Osu

David Ishaya Osu was born in 1991 in Nigeria. He is a board member of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation based in Uganda. His poetry appears in Chiron ReviewCutBank,VinylTransitionThe Nottingham ReviewPittsburgh Poetry Review, and Maintenant 10: A Journal of Contemporary Dad Writing & Art, among others. David is a fellow of Ebedi International Writers Residency and is currently poetry editor for Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel.

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