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“It’s true: not all good things / harmonize, but sometimes, / sometimes / they do.”

Drawing its title from Gertrude’s description of Ophelia’s death in Hamlet, the original poems in Aaron Chase Eddington’s A Willow Grows Aslant a Brook focus on the beauty inherent in tragedy and offer a hopeful, redemptive view of loss and grief.

Eddington’s poetry navigates trauma, beauty, and pain with a perspective of optimism, growth, and renewal. Focused on images, memories, and moments, A Willow Grows Aslant a Brook looks past abstractions in search of “something between / water and blood / soul and flesh.”

AARON CHASE EDDNGTON is a writer and educator based in the Dallas area. Born and raised in east Texas, he is also the author of a chapbook titled A Birdwatcher’s Guide to the American South.