The Stone and The Square


In his Salt and Sorrow, Pickering laments the departure of the Muse. In her absence, he composed poems of self-doubt and Christian salvation. In this new collection, the Muse returns as the embodiment of Love. Love inspires all Being with goodness and beauty. Love flows through the veins of life and in this collection She is ever-present as a subtle reflection of oneself. Many of these poems were written during the Great Texas Freeze of 2021 as the power outage led to the poet’s boredom. Other poems were written at different times of inspiration. These poems are heavily imbued with the beauty of life, amor fati, and truth as the ultimate concern of the poet. The return of the poet’s Muse is celebrated throughout.

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Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 8 × 5 × 0.2 in





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Hawakal Publishers

Release Date

25 March 2021

About Author

Dustin Pickering is founder of Transcendent Zero Press and founding editor of Harbinger Asylum. He is the author of several poetry collections, a novella, a fairy tale, many short stories, essays, critical reviews, and articles. He placed as a finalist in Adelaide Literary Journal‘s short story contest in 2017 and was honored by The Friends of Guido Gozzano in 2020. He is a former contributor to Huffington Post. He lives in Houston, Texas.


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