Fred Dings’s books of poetry include Eulogy for a Private Man (TriQuarterly Books), After the Solstice (Orchises Press), and two chapbooks, Vespers and The Bruised Sky. The poems featured here are part of his newly completed third full-length collection, not yet submitted for publication. Dings teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Carolina.
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The Blue Whale
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