A Poem By Uche Ogbuji

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Down the lanterns, repent in retirement–
Truss-up for children with frayed string.
Press one for says-he, two for she,
Three to guess what those old lies meant
Down the lanterns that losing spring.

Back up again for one winning chance:
Trust in children, what say legacy?
Back up for old happy in happenstance.


Uche Ogbuji, born in Calabar, Nigeria, lived in Egypt, England and elsewhere before settling near Boulder, Colorado. A computer engineer and entrepreneur by trade, his poetry chapbook, NDEWO, COLORADO (Aldrich Press, 2013) is a Colorado Book Award Winner, and a Westword 2015 Award Winner (“Best Environmental Poetry”). His poems, published worldwide, fuse Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop influences. Among other editing projects he runs Colorado Poetry on Twitter. A selection of his poems was included in the BEST NEW AFRICAN POETS 2015 anthology.


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Photo courtesy of Uche Ogbuji

About the Author /

Christopher Blackman is a poet and educator. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended Ohio State University. His poems have been published in the Atlas Review. He was a 2015 teaching fellow with the Kenyon Review Young Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Manhattan, where he is an MFA candidate in poetry at Columbia University.

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  • Claude Forthomme

    August 1, 2016

    Fascinating cultural mix, set to the sound and rythm of a poem…Thanks for introducing us to this very unusual poet.

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