WHAT WAS TOLD by David Ishaya Osu


by David Ishaya Osu

was triangle &
the sayings of an
apple full

of iodine. what
was told before the
kiss. has a toad

swollen at
a word
of divorce? elegy

no cry again
for the coming
coming nights, no

no, no, quickly
quickly as a rain
rinsing a

dress made
from ash
—the second coming

of judas—how are
you, mr. xylophone? have
you got some

new mallets
for this old


David-Ishaya-OsuDavid Ishaya Osu, born in 1991,born in 1991 in Nigeria, is a board member of the Babishai Niew Poetry Foundation based in Uganda. His poetry appears in Chiron ReviewThe Lampeter ReviewCutBankVinyl TransitionThe Nottingham Review, New Coin PoetryMaintenant 10: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art, among others. David is a fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency, and is currently the poetry editor at Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. 

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