The gestures of hummingbird wings
can be seen only by fellow nearly weightless
creatures, their prestissimo hearts, their
vivace wingbeats unobserved by us—slow-witted
slaves of time’s viscous passage. Our massive
passivity, our image-smearing optic nerves, warrant
that we will miss the flick of primary tip, the come
hither winding of wing path, the sudden flare
of flattened vanes.
To them we are forever living in slow motion—
are nothing but ridiculous stop motion Gumbies,
Wallaces, Gromits, Lego Movie characters,
more plastic than living tissue, beneath their notice,
unworthy of more than a millisecond of time,
worthy only of the same gesture Dietrich
might have used to dismiss Jannings,
a mere flick, a Blue Angel blur, a tick
of an atomic clock, a gesture, a flick,
a lick without a hint of a promise.
latest poetry collection is Mouth Brimming Over (Blue Cedar Press, 2019). Stage Whispers (Meadowlark Books, 2018) won the 2019 Nelson Poetry Book Award. Amanuensis Angel (Spartan Press, 2018) comprises ekphrastic poems inspired by modern artists’ depictions of angels. His first book, Music I Once Could Dance To (Coal City Press, 2014), was a 2015 Kansas Notable Book. He recently co-edited (with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg) Kansas Time+Place: An Anthology of Heartland Poetry (Little Balkans Press, 2017). His poetry has been nominated for Pushcart (2015 and 2020) and Best of the Net (2018) awards, and was selected for The Best Small Fictions 2019.
Beckemeyer serves on the editorial boards of Konza Journal and River City Poetry. A retired engineer and scientific journal editor, he is also a nature photographer who, in his spare time, researches the mechanics of insect flight and the Paleozoic insect fauna of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama. He lives in Wichita, Kansas, where he and his wife recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.
Please visit author’s
website for more information about his books, as well as
links to interviews
and readings (scroll down his About page for the link-list).
The Color of Blessings in MacQ (Issue 5, October 2020)
Featured Artist in KYSO Flash (Issue 12, Summer 2019);
showcasing Beckemeyer’s poetry, prose poetry, and insect photography
Words for Snow, a prose poem in KYSO Flash (Issue 9,
Spring 2018), which was selected for reprinting in The Best Small Fictions