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One of poetry's genuinely necessary voices, Joshua Beckman offers a magnanimous vision of the poetic and social landscape, masterfully combining traditional and contemporary concerns and speech patterns in attending to a degraded, yet wondrous world. Take It is a gift of profound generosity.

I feel now like I am saying sorry for something, when

what I am saying here is that the unknowing spirit is

greater than the knowing spirit, that no matter what

emboldened structure descends to stand before you

in its plan and fullness, you do not know what it is.

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"'Simply put, we are a failed and ruined people/ incapable of even silence. We are equal to nothing./ The earth given to us, we have lost even that. Big eaters of America, I join you in your parade.' So proclaims Beckman (Shake) in his fifth collection, a searching dramatic monologue that relentlessly pursues knowledge while remaining attentive to disorder. Though he joins America in its parade, he also maintains his distance from the masses and delivers 'a speech befitting the wayward traveler stilled only/ by glory's momentum.' Sometimes deeply dissatisfied with, and sometimes in complete awe of the natural (and social) landscape, this inspired speaker argues with himself as much as he does with his country, making a wholehearted plea for unity in the face of folly and predicament. Beckman scrutinizes the human tendency to organize and systematize, and offers an uncanny ode to entropy ('Architects of the world/ enclose me not tonight in your thoughtful rooms,/ let me fall down the unbuilt hill, let me die/ in the inconsiderate sun.') In what may be his best book, Beckman wistfully takes to the road and does the incredible work of writing poems full of desire, for a world in the midst of radical upheaval." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"His voice finds shape within every fragment. It is a voice that is at once forlorn and passionate and preoccupied with beauty....Joshua Beckman's poetry wears its heart on its sleeve." Slope

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"Through repetition, rhythm, and a pervasively taut but accessible voice, Beckman sweeps us through his poems." Rain Taxi

Synopsis:

One of poetry's genuinely necessary voices, Beckman offers a magnanimous vision of the world.

Synopsis:

“His voice finds shape within every fragment. It is a voice that is at once forlorn and passionate and preoccupied with beauty. . . . Joshua Beckmans poetry wears its heart on its sleeve.”—Slope

“Through repetition, rhythm, and a pervasively taut but accessible voice, Beckman sweeps us through his poems.”—Rain Taxi

One of poetrys genuinely necessary voices, Joshua Beckman offers a magnanimous vision of the poetic and social landscape, masterfully combining traditional and contemporary concerns and speech patterns in attending to a degraded, yet wondrous world. Take It is a gift of profound generosity.

I feel now like I am saying sorry for something, when

what I am saying here is that the unknowing spirit is

greater than the knowing spirit, that no matter what

emboldened structure descends to stand before you

in its plan and fullness, you do not know what it is.

Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of Shake (Wave Books, 2006), multiple collections of collaborative work, and numerous translations. He lives in both Brooklyn and Seattle.

About the Author

Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of four previous collections of poetry, including Shake(Wave Books, 2006), two collections of collaborative work, and numerous translations. He lives in both Brooklyn and Seattle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933517377
Author:
Beckman, Joshua
Publisher:
Wave Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
8.1 x 6.1 x 0.3 in 4 oz

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Product details 88 pages Wave Books - English 9781933517377 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Simply put, we are a failed and ruined people/ incapable of even silence. We are equal to nothing./ The earth given to us, we have lost even that. Big eaters of America, I join you in your parade.' So proclaims Beckman (Shake) in his fifth collection, a searching dramatic monologue that relentlessly pursues knowledge while remaining attentive to disorder. Though he joins America in its parade, he also maintains his distance from the masses and delivers 'a speech befitting the wayward traveler stilled only/ by glory's momentum.' Sometimes deeply dissatisfied with, and sometimes in complete awe of the natural (and social) landscape, this inspired speaker argues with himself as much as he does with his country, making a wholehearted plea for unity in the face of folly and predicament. Beckman scrutinizes the human tendency to organize and systematize, and offers an uncanny ode to entropy ('Architects of the world/ enclose me not tonight in your thoughtful rooms,/ let me fall down the unbuilt hill, let me die/ in the inconsiderate sun.') In what may be his best book, Beckman wistfully takes to the road and does the incredible work of writing poems full of desire, for a world in the midst of radical upheaval." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "His voice finds shape within every fragment. It is a voice that is at once forlorn and passionate and preoccupied with beauty....Joshua Beckman's poetry wears its heart on its sleeve." Slope

"Review" by , "Through repetition, rhythm, and a pervasively taut but accessible voice, Beckman sweeps us through his poems."
"Synopsis" by ,
One of poetry's genuinely necessary voices, Beckman offers a magnanimous vision of the world.
"Synopsis" by ,

“His voice finds shape within every fragment. It is a voice that is at once forlorn and passionate and preoccupied with beauty. . . . Joshua Beckmans poetry wears its heart on its sleeve.”—Slope

“Through repetition, rhythm, and a pervasively taut but accessible voice, Beckman sweeps us through his poems.”—Rain Taxi

One of poetrys genuinely necessary voices, Joshua Beckman offers a magnanimous vision of the poetic and social landscape, masterfully combining traditional and contemporary concerns and speech patterns in attending to a degraded, yet wondrous world. Take It is a gift of profound generosity.

I feel now like I am saying sorry for something, when

what I am saying here is that the unknowing spirit is

greater than the knowing spirit, that no matter what

emboldened structure descends to stand before you

in its plan and fullness, you do not know what it is.

Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of Shake (Wave Books, 2006), multiple collections of collaborative work, and numerous translations. He lives in both Brooklyn and Seattle.

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