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Flagler College publishes former professor’s book of poetry

Oct 1, 2015

A collection of poetry by former Professor Dr. Andrew Dillon, whose Shakespearian theatrics in the classroom and lyrical wisdom inspired students and colleagues for decades, has been published by Flagler College’s literature journal, FLARE: The Flagler Review. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Andrew Dillon Scholarship for students.

The book, titled “Vital Signs,” contains 48 poems — deeply personal vignettes that illuminate life’s wonders, victories, struggles and loss. In it, Dillon, who taught at the college for 33 years, touches on a myriad of topics, including the virtues of teaching, the marvelous acrobatics of his grandchildren and his difficult fight against cancer.

“Vital Signs” can be purchased online for a $15 suggested donation. The scholarship benefits Flagler students who are majoring in English.
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A poem from "Vital Signs"

Headed South

In early October, wild geese
are calling to each other constantly
as they sweep by, dark bodies clear
against the partly clouded sky.

Geese, October here is sweet—
stop and stay awhile
that I may hear
the music of your honking:
hoarse, a little anxious,
persistent as love itself.

For twice a year is not enough
to hear from high above
the raucous words of creatures
with no other question
but “are you there my love?”

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