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Category: Poetry

Update to Links to my Poetry Posted Online

In a previous edition of this blog back in 2016, I list poems and creative writing of mine posted in online venues through May 2016.  In this post, I provide links to work published between then and now.

~Roy Beckemeyer, January 23, 2018

 

 

Blue-winged Angel

“Blue-winged Angel” An ekphratic poem inspired by artist Carl Dahl’s porcelain “Blue-winged Angel, Female.”

You open your wing

explosively, as if cyclonic

winds had whisked your smalt-blue,

your Delft blue, your ultramarine blue,

your essential-essence-of-blue cloak,

had thrown it out as if it were

the only sky in all the world,

your un-pigmented body suddenly,

blindingly, lightning-white, and

cracked as if by thunderclap.

The vacuum left by that whip-

snapped mantle exposing breasts,

ribs, navel, thighs, letting us know,

oh, God, letting us truly know, that angels

are only all too human.

 

 

~Roy Beckemeyer

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Artist Carl Dahl’s work may be found on his Website.

“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.

Poetry and Art Broadsides Revisited

Thought I would post a second “unchosen” broadside I submitted to the Wichita Broadside Project for which I did both the poem and the art – in this case a photograph of our cat, Dusty, who is a fair purrer and a great ham when it comes to having his picture taken. Here, then, is “The Yellow Cat Purrs.”

 

~ Roy Beckemeyer, Oct. 4, 2017