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Psalms at the Present Time

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"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

As a poet, playwright, performance artist, essayist and journalist, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington is a writer of many forms. But even his poetry presents a broad and multicultural aesthetic – spoken word, literary and verse forms, politics, and more. In Psalms at the Present Time, he is at his eclectic best.

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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

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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")