Facing You: City Lights Spotlight No. 19

Uche Nduka (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
City Lights Books
Publish Date
September 01, 2020
Pages
110
Dimensions
5.4 X 6.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780872868304

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About the Author

Uche Nduka is an itinerant poet and professor presently living in Brooklyn. He was born in Nigeria, was raised bilingual in Igbo and English, and earned his BA from the University of Nigeria. He left Nigeria in 1994 and settled in Germany after winning a fellowship from the Goethe Institute. In 2007, he immigrated to the United States, where he would earn his MFA from Long Island University, Brooklyn. Nduka is the author of numerous collections of poetry and prose, including the U.S.-published books Living in Public (2018), Nine East (2013), Ijele (2012), and eel on reef (2007). His work has been translated into German, Finnish, Italian, Dutch, and Romanian.

Reviews

PRAISE FOR UCHE NDUKA

"To my reading, all of Nduka's work is Surreal, and in this sense it is all political. The real is not paraphrased or commented on by Surrealism but convulses through it. The real in Nduka's work carries the resonance not only of his Nigerian identity and experience of political violence but also the dislocation of the Γ©migrΓ© and the frightening power relations of intimacy as mapped onto the lyric."--Joyelle McSweeney, Boston Review

"He has of necessity had to find in poetry a means of survival and a method for fighting back. No way to set aside the scars, the disappointment, and the social rage, and go on to write a poetry of reflective personal feeling. Also, it would seem, no way straightforwardly to attempt to describe or depict the immensity of what has been experienced and felt--writing would have to take you beyond that to a more total or global sense of engagement with language as defiance, as hope, hope not for a probably impossible political solution to the chaos, but hope for a present, in writing, in which sanity and endurance prevail, even as the pain is confronted head-on. At any rate, this seems to be what Nduka's writing does. Poetry as path or weapon--as life."--Norman Fischer, Jacket2

"Nduka is always a bold writer, but more than anything he's an incredibly smart and precise one. Nduka is a writer who shows his work and still surprises you."--Gabriel Ojeda-Sague