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“Psalms at the Present Time displays many tools at Darryl Wellington’s command, including long, lyrical, and mesmerizing sentences, verbs that skip, leap, and scamper, and short, sharp phrases that land like percussion before lingering in the brain. Also part of his plentiful repertoire: thumbnail portraits of people, places, and things, the touch and tang of memories, and high-impact reflections rendered with a deft hand.”
—Jabari Asim, Author of Stop and Frisk: American Poems and We Can’t Breathe
“On and beyond the horizon, Wellington’s excursions into our body politic, psyche, purpose, and existence are multilayered and multifaceted. Content and craft are given equal time and focus. There is a nuanced reacquaintance with poetry’s significance in Psalms at the Present Time. This poet chooses sturdy ethos and empowering authenticity. It is a worthwhile expedition.”
—Uche Nduka, Author of Living in Public and Facing You
We will not disappear
like her birth name
like his dead letters
buried inside a sheaf
after a flash rain…
We will not disappear.
Death yawns stately.
Death conjoins us.
— whether we make music
noise, love, or bourgeoisie war.
Free assembly and funeral
rites, these days, symbiotic, interchangeable.
Siren sounds. We will not disappear
we proceed like marionettes
carried along on one string
crowds of selfsame mouths
our tongues chant now in unison
the pitch like a cracked accordion
then canticle is cant and cry.
—from “Days of Protest”