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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.


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")