|Issue 12:||March 2022|
...the shutter winks, letting her in on a secret
—David Thoreen, from “Single Lens Reflex”
That might be what it is like, those secreted moments when we let each other in on those confidences we would never give everyday voice to, the small sounds, the breath coming unexpectedly to the fore, the ever so slight shift of position, eyes slitting to let in just the right amount of one other, giving and getting and offering, the times we got it right and when we didn’t quite, those times only we will ever know and recall with a brush in passing, a meeting of eyes, a spark (only dry winter air’s electric nature?), an infinitesimal shudder: the tremble of the single lens reflex camera of memory, a shutter’s winking, an eye blink, images of the mortal beings, the angels we have been and will always be in each other’s minds.
Note: Epigraph is from “Single Lens Reflex,” which appeared in New Letters (Vol. 86, No. 4, Summer, 2020).
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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