Readings from Pat Beckemeyer’s Oh, I Pretend (Spartan Press, 2019)
by Roy Beckemeyer
I have begun a series of postings of me reading from poetry/literary books that I admire and posting them on facebook. I decide to also post them on my blog for access by those who do not use facebook. So will start by copying those postings here.
I had been planning for some time now to begin posting simple readings of work by people whose writing I admire. My wife, Pat’s 80th birthday yesterday (Sept. 21, 2022) seemed a good reason to begin with her 2019 book of poems, Oh, I Pretend (Spartan Press). Since the book came out just at the beginning of the Covid pandemic and Pat’s bouts with serious illness during that same time period, she has been unable to get out and read from it.
So here are three poems by Pat Beckemeyer, from her first poetry book: “A Man Is Gone,” “Rain at the Golf Course,” and “Oh, I Pretend.”
To get a copy of the book, you may order online from Watermark Books & Cafe, or contact me by Facebook Messenger.
From a Facebook posting of 22 September, 2022. Roy Beckemeyer 4 October 2022.
Thank you, Roy, for reading these so tenderly, as they deserve.
Blessings to you and Pat.
Ruth, thank you, and blessings back at you twofold and more!