john drury

Able Muse 2012 Contests: Write Prize (poetry & fiction), Book Award (poetry manuscript)

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    Ghazal of the Lutanist

    Ghazal of the Lutanist

    Ever Dowland, ever doleful, the lutanist says come again
    to melancholy, whether he’s silent or plays “Come Again.”

    Invitations that mention “deadly pain” and wail “out, alas”
    won’t seduce anyone but a masochist who prays Come! Again!

    Torches at court leave shadows for uneasy liaisons,
    dark rooms where ladies-in-waiting, in silent lays, come again.


    John Drury

    John Drury is the author of Burning the Aspern Papers and The Disappearing Town, both published by Miami University Press. His new collection of poems, The Refugee Camp, is forthcoming from Turning Point Books in Fall 2011. He has also written The Poetry Dictionary and Creating Poetry, both published by Writer’s Digest Books. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, two Ohio Arts Council grants, an Ingram Merrill Foundation fellowship, and the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review.


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