The Speaker is Listening to "Opus 23" by Dustin o'Halloran after an occasion of not seeing anyone for miles
by Spencer Silverthorne
Opus 23 - Dustin O'Halloran
Dustin O’Halloran is an American pianist and composer with five acclaimed solo albums under his own name. He released his first EP Sundoor with renowned classical musical label Deutsche Grammophon in 2019, and followed that up with his solo album Silfur in 2021. He’s also a member of the band A Winged Victory for the Sullen with Adam Wiltzie, and they released their album The Undivided Five with Ninja Tune in 2019 and self-released their latest album Invisible Cities in 2021.
What’s been whipped after years of neglect.
You had to catastrophize the measure of time.
Friend, your candidacy is no longer under consideration.
O Friend, your cadence tracked in mud from a stomp in the woods.
So, watch for the water moccasin.
Everyone wants a problem if it means new tennis shoes.
Never be someone’s passing wonder.
...with hopes that the blame’s set for your natural comeuppance.
Spencer Silverthorne (he/him) is a poet and PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He's also the Poetry Editor at Rougarou: A Journal of Arts and Literature. His work has been published in Black Warrior Review, Dream Pop Journal, Gigantic Sequins, Sundog Lit, and Westchester Review, among others. Currently he is working on a full-length collection of poetry called Deep in the Pitch of Elsewhere.