SPARK PLUG TO NOVA
Uche Ogbuji


Impish urge of mine to deploy my light touch
Over your nerve bundles as waves traverse taut
Skin along your nudity propped on my own
Masterless swelling.

Shudders whelm closed circuitry: fingertips, flushed
Skin, inductor coil of electrified flesh,
Triggering spasms through contact where we’ve arranged your
Clutch on my body.

Where do words go, ionized so utterly, thrashed
Reeds in current surging so hotly? What we’ve
Written hurtles outward, new elements, earths
After this nova.



Uche Ogbuji, born in Calabar, Nigeria, lived, among other places, in Egypt and England before settling near Boulder, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and four children. His poems have appeared in The Raintown Review, IthacaLit, Unsplendid, String Poet, Mountain Gazette, YB Poetry, Scree Magazine, Victorian Violet, Shadow Road and elsewhere. He is editor at Kin Poetry Journal and The Nervous Breakdown.