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Emerge teal—
Bile and honey—
Fading—tinting canvas
On bleak minds, mine
With laughter in crimsons,
Ecstasy blue….

paint me white
On black, yours.

From rheumy tunes
Under neem blues—
We are immersed in a tang
Our breath fret,

My tongue
And cherry-sized
In colorful decay
With the moon
A witness
To a putrefaction.




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About the Author:

IMG_20161204_165241Victor Ugwu (20) was born in Onitsha, but writes from Minna, both in Nigeria. He is also on Facebook (@Victor Veon Ugwu). His works have appeared in the Ebedi Review, ANA Review, Praxis, Dwartonline, and The Kalahari Review among others. He is the author of RHYTHMS, a poetry collection.

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2 Responses to “Dying Blues | By Victor Ugwu | Poetry” Subscribe

  1. Franklin 2017/02/23 at 15:41 #

    A very introspective deeply rooted poem, striking on class consciousness and the inevitable two sided parts of life. Technically and practically created out of an inner self consciousness. Original and educating.. Nice poem!

  2. Yasky 2017/03/02 at 02:29 #

    Hmm… the cloud this incites incites an eerie. Well painted, sir. Well written!

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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