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A R Williams



the poet

Hailing from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley (USA), A.R. Williams has seen his poetry published in various anthologies and magazines, including Anti-Heroin Chic, Black Bough Poetry, Fevers of the Mind, Ink, Sweat & Tears, ONEART, tiny wren lit, among others. A.R. is also the editor-in-chief of East Ridge Review, and his debut chapbook, Funeral in the Wild, was published by Kelsay Books in 2024. Beyond poetry, he enjoys nature walks with his family, savoring quality coffee, and wearing black t-shirts.

the poems

Virginia Bluebells

00:00 / 00:35

growing wild in a wooded

clearing where I go to dream,

graceful, bowing clusters 

of sky-colored goblets

dotting the ground haphazardly

near a prattling creek,

now bundled in my hand, for you,

delicately wrapped

in unadorned brown paper,

to celebrate faint double lines—

the promise of a new bloom.

Alone in a Cemetery:
A Golden Shovel

00:00 / 01:08

As I wandered the grounds, I pondered what it would be like if

I lay down, closed my eyes, and imagined that I

had merged with the earth, like rain into dry ground, and stepped

beyond myself into an existence where, out

in the wooded part of this cemetery, I became one of

the venerable oaks, one planted long before my

grandfather was born, long before his body

was ravaged by illness, long before I

learned of his condition, and promised to visit. If only he would

have stayed till snow's break.

So now, I ease into

this dream, with roots extending, yearning, until we finally blossom.

By Your Bedside

00:00 / 00:21

You lay in the hospital bed 

with breath heavy as iron,

a face frozen like a retired

pocket watch, and limbs

as numb as the prayers

uttered at your side.

Publishing credits

Virginia Bluebells / Alone in a Cemetery: A Golden Shovel:

  exclusive first publication by iamb

By Your Bedside: Red Eft Review


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