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Dylan Willoughby: Soul and Stone

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Préludes Fragiles

for Calum Carmichael


Whose succor dying death is

Along corpse-roads the copses

Sway in the wind’s own lyke-way

Requiem the shattered clay


Night-lipped the map catches fire

Gallows the drubbed tongues/choir

The miserare of clast

Gospel the heaved flesh’s last


The road wrecks pinion and bone

Fugitives clasped soul and stone

Who hauls the body’s tamped flames

Knows remaining from remains

Author about Himself: I am a permanently disabled LGBTQIA+ poet and composer, born in London, England and currently living in Long Beach, CA. Chester Creek Press has published 3 limited-edition letterpress poetry chapbooks, with illustrations by the hyper-realist painter Anthony Mastromatteo. My poems have appeared widely in literary magazines including Agenda (UK), Stand (UK), The Interpreter's House (UK), Shenandoah, Salmagundi, Denver Quarterly, CutBank, Southern Humanities Review, and Green Mountains Review. Recent poems appeared this summer in The Laurel Review, Fahmidan Journal, Goat's Milk Magazine, Sledgehammer Lit, and Bloom Magazine. I have received residency fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell, and earned an MFA from Cornell University, where I studied with A. R. Ammons and Robert Morgan. My music, as "Lost in Stars," has been featured by The Los Angeles Times, NPR/PRI program "Echoes," KCRW (LA NPR station), Entertainment Weekly, NYLON magazine, XLR8R, Insomniac, Earmilk, and many other venues.



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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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