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Issue 9: August 2021
Poem: 97 words
By Roy J. Beckemeyer

Symphony Below the Threshold of Hearing

 

The opening strains of my symphony

of silence would be white dunes

sprawling toward the horizon’s

windless haze, the softening sunrise

so still the shift of a single grain of

sand touched by a scarab’s claw

would become cogwheel click against

the mute, birthing dawn. Holding your

breath, you would hear the Brownian

motion of carbon dioxide paused in

the passageways of your lungs as

molecular tintinnabulation, and, as

you looked up, the soundless advance

of stars pulled across the sky by earth

slowly turning to face the sun would

swell into a crescendo of quietude.


Roy J. Beckemeyer’s
Issue 9, August 2021

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 59th 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).

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

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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