The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Uche Nduka (Nigeria): 1 Poem Published



Lost In The Rain





Lost in the rain


And the wild wind


gloom couldn’t be gloomier


for his dark-eyed son




And what could he do


When even the song of the poet


had gone homing to a graveyard




And gamblers had gathered


And howlers had gathered


with pricking dirges


for his black-eyed son




As rainbows branded the sky


And fury gutted the street


And hours harvested bones




Dawn emptied his drawers


Emptied him of friends


Pelted him with loss


In the town of a one-eyed king




And the graveyard was a shrine


for the bleeding light


In the song of the poet


En la lluvia perdido

Versión al español: Fer de la Cruz




En la lluvia perdido


Y la silvestre opacidad del viento


no habría de ser más turbia


a los oscuros ojos de su hijo




Y qué podía hacer


si aun el canto del poeta


había vuelto a la tumba, en busca de un hogar




Y los apostadores se habían conglomerado


También los aulladores


con sus cánticos fúnebres, para ofrendar punzantes


a los oscuros ojos de su hijo




En tanto el arcoíris herró el cielo


y la furia desentrañaba calles


y cosechaba huesos cada hora




sus cajones vació el amanecer


lo dejó sin amigos


le dio de golpes con su propia pérdida


en tierra de rey tuerto




Para la luz sangrante


la tumba era una ermita


en el canto del poeta
















Uche Nduka Biography

Uche Nduka (b. October 14, 1963), is a Nigerian poet, essayist, songwriter and anthologist. Born and raised in Nigeria, he has lived in Holland, Germany and the U.S. He is the author of seven volumes of poems, a book of prose, and is the editor of two anthologies of poetry. Winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize for 1997, some of his writings have been translated into Dutch, German, French and Serbo-Croatian. Until recently, he taught literature at the University of Bremen, Germany.


His latest volume of poems is titled eel on reef (Akashic Books, New York, 2007). Some new poems of his were published in The Recluse and Boog City this year. Nduka presently lives and works in New York City.



Image to accompany poem: "Rain in Sumy" by Dmytro Zagrebelnyy (Creative Commons)