City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, Thursday, June 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
From acclaimed Nigeria-born, Brooklyn-based poet Uche Nduka, a book of love poems written with compact elegance and vivid eroticism.
"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 émigré and the frightening power relations of intimacy as mapped onto the lyric."—Joyelle McSweeney, Boston Review
Facing You is a collection of love lyrics, as well as an exploration of what goes into making the public and private self, from acclaimed Nigerian American poet Uche Nduka. Passionate and erotic, Facing You nonetheless resists being hermetically sealed within the relationship, and is subject to the intrusions of "the dubious world": war, exile, protest, and police violence intrude but cannot defeat Nduka's expressions of desire, where reality and surreality are one. "These poems were written openly and freely about my vision and experience," he writes, "crossing the wires of sex and prophecy."