William Conley Lowrance
Conley Lowrance began writing poetry after an aborted career in punk rock. His endeavors in writing led him to the University of Virginia, where he received his BA in poetry writing. His poems have appeared in publications put out by Tupelo Press, Gadfly, Counterexample Poetics, Word Riot, The Virginia Literary Review, and A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, among others. As described by Gadfly Managing ... more »
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William Conley Lowrance Poems
After Firing the Shot
The dirt beneath the stones is filthy & frantic. The branch cast on the ground sweats slowly in the grass. Static radiates from windows with a harsh hum as cats howl—celebrating my success.
Self-Portrait at a Distance
When I am in the water, clotted with the stars, I start to hum—then sing—with a perverse longing for the city. I wake up a ghost with blurred edges, or as a distant mourner attending your wake.
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The doorway is bright. Or—the figure in the doorway is bright. She stands within the frame & gradually the whiteness of her dress—a whiteness unlike any diadem of snow—comes into contrast with the jaundiced light. She shuts the door.
Slowly, she gathers the violets that grow in the corners of the room—twisting the petals together like a ribbon of lips. Then, approaching the bed, she tenderly places the bouquet on a pillow. It is Sunday &—with that in mind- the figure silently removes her dress.