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S. Preston Duncan

b. 1984

Current City, State, Country

Richmond, Virginia, USA


S. Preston Duncan is a leathercrafter, death doula, and BBQist in Richmond, Virginia. Author of the short collection The Sound in This Time of Being (BIGWRK, 2020), his poetry has appeared in journals such as [PANK], Twyckenham Notes, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Lit, been translated into Chinese by Poetry Lab Shanghai, and nominated for Best of the Net. An ethnospiritual mutt (half Ashkenazi/half Americana music), he is a denominational Southern River Rat and devout pilgrim of coastal climes.

What is the relationship between Judaism and/or Jewish culture and your poetry?

My connection to Judaism and Jewishness expresses itself throughout my work, often of its own volition. Many of my pieces struggle with notions of identity within the context of the modern West’s Babylonian character, the lure of assimilation. More of them likely constitute a spiritual process or journey that is consistently—whether explicitly or by nature—conversant with Judaism; an exploratory mysticism that is perennially inquisitive of Kabbalistic wisdom. There is resistance in my work. There is also transcendence. However brief.

Published Works

The Sound in This Time of Being (BIGWRK, 2020)

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