Narrow Testament – a poem by Dylan Willoughby

Narrow Testament 

for Calum Carmichael 


i
paltering psalters, ill-augered. 
thicker than blood, more viscous 
the stuff of England’s viciousness. 

ii

carry the blood back now, go. 
the shadow’s susseration. 
corpse roads, lyke-ways. 

iii

loquitur signis, signs have 
their speech. you arrange 
the alphabets in prayer. 

iv

dead rivers are wont to sing.
once the letters of your torch lit 
the looming parchment of the sea. 

 

Dylan Willoughby is 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.  His 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

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