|Issue 11:||January 2022|
“The act of murmuring” states Merriam-Webster, as if mutters were actions to be taken, tactics to be executed. Instead, I think of scattered groups of Jewish elders in Temple, bearded, their intermingling voices rising and falling like wavering on oscilloscopes, like radio waves of stars intermixed so thoroughly galaxies become indistinguishable, like the reverberation of rumors welling up as low hums from a thousand throats in crowds in squares—anticipation, growing expectation, gargled growl, white noise of whispers, anguish, snarl, hosannah, voiced or yowled, rising like dust from the face of dune, like bee swarm emerging from tree hollow, like great flocks of starlings in winter, cloud bank of birds, black specks building into breathing flexing organic masses of sky seeming to be searching for words, some way to articulate the feel of dive and swoop and dervish, wing flap and fling, each black shape a separate consonant or vowel seeking a way to join, to be voiced, swelling lunglike with inhalation, utterance made visible and nearly intelligible by a great and ghostly act of murmuration.
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 2019
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