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Dabney Stuart

Dabney Stuart is the author of nineteen books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, most recently Family Preserve (Virginia, 2005). He has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize, and awarded the Virginia Governor’s Award for the Arts, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is currently professor emeritus of English at Washington and Lee University.


The Light the Magician

  The magician is sawing light in half, his sheer, importunate spell meshed in the bright cardiovascular net- body suspended in air before him. A writhe of pain or supple ecstasy shivers through it, a blind name he hums, his blade c [...]

His Granddaughter Arrives

I am a gray man leaning in a corner, but my heart sizzles with excitement, a trapeze artist so incandescent the ends of the earth seem bits of string you tie on your finger to remember by. I have clearly done my part in passing on. Who would have tho [...]

What He Did With the New Egg

1. He finds it too much to handle I reached into the mother's dry nest and removed the new egg. I cradled it in my arms looking about, looking about, and discovered a little thing to do with it. But it was too large to flush down the toilet. I heave [...]

Turning Forty In A New Town

Nevermind a local license plate in front of me at a stoplight yesterday said AGE, or that another was studded with my late grandmother's nickname, or that the first two stones I saw in the neighborhood graveyard said RAPER and READ. I can manage all [...]

The Birds

               Who can know what all his                mortalities are?                        —Farad Karaji 1.             That midwinter day You could almost Say the sandpipers amb [...]