phanaerozoic

Musings about life on Earth in all its aspects…

“Benevolent Angel” – An ekphrastic poem inspired by an etching by Leonard Baskin

Benevolent Angel

         

Benevolence is but one of my
many names: Bringer of
Benefaction, Altruistic Angel,
Seraphin of Sustenance,
Master of Magnanimity.

My portraits are all taken
in the midst of my fine
tour en l’air, my second best
tour en seconde, and only
occasionally, if ever, during
my workman-like pirouette.

Philanthropic Purveyor
of Simpatico, I come
dancing, twirling,
always at your aid.

 

~Roy Beckemeyer

 

 

“Benevolent Angel” is one of a series of ekphrastic poems written in response to depictions of angels by artists. The poetry collection forthcoming as Amanuensis Angel, 2018, Spartan Press.

Image of Leonard Baskin’s etching, “Benevolent Angel,” provided by and used with permission of Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mrs. John M. Schlein © Leonard Baskin Estate, Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne.

 

Kansas Time+Place: An Anthology of Heartland Poetry now available on Amazon

Our great new collection of poems by Kansas Poets, Kansas Time+Place: An Anthology of Heartland Poetry (2017, Little Balkans Press, Roy Beckemeyer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Co-editors) is now up at Amazon correctly listed as available through Amazon rather than third-party sellers. Also, it is available on Amazon Prime, so if you subscribe to Prime you get the book at list price of $20 and save on postage. One-hundred-sixty poems by 86 poets, 234 (xiv+218) pages – Stephen Meats had this to say: “Very handsome volume with a substantial and particularly satisfying heft to it.”
Just in time for holiday gifting. Get yours now.

Here is the link: Kansas Time+Place

~ Roy Beckemeyer

“Type-O, Premature,” Collaborative Art/Poetry Broadside by Artist Malissa Long Wilson and Poet Roy Beckemeyer

“Type O, Premature,” features original textile art by Malissa Long Wilson. My poem was written as an ekphrastic piece inspired by her artwork. The image seemed to me to be very organic and put me in mind of the tragedy of miscarriage. After I sent her the poem, Malissa shared with me that the piece was one she did during her recovery from cancer. We hope you find this broadside as emotionally charged as we did.

~Roy Beckemeyer

“The Mystery of Disappearing Bees” – Collaborative Broadside Art/Poetry by Artist Skyler Lovelace and Poet Roy Beckemeyer

My poem, “The Mystery of Disappearing Bees,” alludes to science’s continuing ignorance of the causes of colony collapse disorder, the tragic and poorly understood phenomenon that threatens bee populations across the world. I think that Skyler Lovelace’s artwork is simultaneously powerful and poignant and that the poem and art here reinforce one another exquisitely. Thanks for collaborating, Skyler.

~ Roy Beckemeyer

“Early Onset” – Collaborative Broadside Art/Poetry by Artist Skyler Lovelace and Poet Roy Beckemeyer

Here is another Wichita Broadside Project entry, this one a piece in which Skyler Lovelace responded to a poem of mine. I like the way the pattern and words and colors all fade away from top to bottom in fitting with the subject of the poem.

~Roy Beckemeyer

If she came to me with flowers…” Collaborative Art/Poetry by Pat Beckemeyer and Roy Beckemeyer

This broadside was done by my wife and me and is a combination of her lovely digital drawing of flowers and my verse. Her drawing has this lovely graceful impressionistic feel to it and reveals her Master Gardener flair for color and form. My poem attempts to capture the rhythm and feel of old romantic verse. We hope you like it.

`Roy Beckemeyer

[Click on the broadside to enlarge the image.]

“The Moon Rose…” Collaborative Poetry/Art Broadside by Melissa Smith and Roy Beckemeyer

Another in my series of collaborations with artists as part of April Pameticky’s 2017 Wichita Broadside Project. This one, “The Moon Rose,” comprises a poem I wrote in response to Melissa Smith’s delightful pen and ink drawing. It brought to mind children’s book depictions of the man in the moon, and the tree that disappears into the sky high overhead seemed to represent every tree I had ever climbed or wanted to climb as a kid.

~ Roy Beckemeyer

Broadside art and text copyright by Melissa Smith and Roy J. Beckemeyer. Original 12 by 18 inches with 11 by 17-inch crop lines.

“Renaissance” – Collaborative Poetry/Art Broadside – Malissa Long Wilson, Artist, and Roy Beckemeyer, Poet

Here’s another of my collaborations with Malissa Long Wilson. Malissa did this textile piece in response to my poem, so it is an ekphrastic work in reverse. I think she captured the soul of the poem here.

[Note: for a larger view of the broadside, click on the image.]

~Roy Beckemeyer

Broadside art and text copyright by Malissa Long Wilson and Roy J. Beckemeyer. Original 18 by 12 inches with 17 by 11-inch crop lines.

“Solar Flair” – Collaborative Poetry/Art Broadside – Malissa Long Wilson, Artist, and Roy Beckemeyer, Poet

The Wichita Broadside Project sponsored by HarvesterArts, River City Poetry, and the Wichita Arts Council, was the brainchild of April Pameticky. Final results were held as the opening event of Poetry Rendezvoux 2017.  This collaborative effort, in which I wrote a poem inspired by Malissa Long Wilson’s great piece of art, is titled “Solar Flair,” and it was one of the broadsides chosen for distribution.  We hope you enjoy this.

[If you google “squaring the circle,” you will find it is an ancient geometry problem – constructing a square with the same area as a circle using nothing but a geometer’s compass and a straightedge.]

~Roy Beckemeyer

Broadside art and text copyright by Malissa Long Wilson and Roy J. Beckemeyer. Original 12 by 18 inches with 11 by 17-inch crop lines.

Check out Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s Monthly Newsletter “The Writing Life”

Proud to be the featured writer in Kansas Poet Laureate Emerita Caryn Mirriam Goldberg’s “The Writing Life.”

She has writing prompts, tips, and alerts of new books and workshops.

Check it out, please.

Thanks, Caryn.