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S. Preston Duncan

b. 1984

Current City, State, Country

Richmond, Virginia, USA


S. Preston Duncan is a leathercrafter and death doula in Richmond, Virginia. He is the author of the full-length collection, Blood Alluvium (Parlyaree Press), the limited risograph pamphlet, The Sound in This Time of Being (BIGWRK), and co-creator of Lost Arcana, a poetry-centered oracle deck and card game. His work has been commissioned by The Peace Studio, shortlisted for the Art of Creative Unity Award, nominated for Best of the Net, and appeared in dozens of journals including, Image, HAD, PANK, and The Storms Journal. 

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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