Poetry Dan Beachy-Quick Mulberry

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Mulberry

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Mulberry is Dan Beachy-Quicks dazzling third collection of poetry, and in it he further solidifies his place as one of our most important experimentalyet entirely lyricalpoets. The work of a still-rising star, here the experiment is almost otherworldly: see and hear the poet as silkworm, weaving meditations on nature, art, history, philosophy, and the self. Here is a layered, intricately voiced and utterly assured poet who, with magnifying glass in one hand and telescope in the other, shows us the way to something new and delightful with every reading.

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Chicago born, Dan Beachy-Quick grew up in Colorado and upstate New York. He attended Hamilton College, the University of Denver, and the Iowa Writers Workshop. He has taught writing at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and currently he is an assistant professor of English at Colorado State University. Beachy-Quick is the author of North True South Bright (Alice James, 2003), Spell (Ahsahta, 2004), Mulberry (Tupelo, 2006), and This Nest, Swift Passerine (Tupelo, 2009); of the chapbooks Mobius Crowns (with Srikanth Reddy: P-Queue, 2008) and Apology for the Book of Creatures (Ahsahta, 2008); and a book of essays, A Whalers Dictionary (Graywolf, 2008).

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The prolific Beachy-Quick (Spell, 2004) returns to the familiar lyric territory of his arresting debut in this challenging third book: the intensifying, fragmenting and distorting powers of language as it relates self to world. In 18 untitled and highly personal poems sharing imagery and themes, plus a short prose introduction stating the book was written during ""a yearin which those whom I loved died,"" he tracks ""[t]his world that through desire is seen,"" and manages to relate the caterpillar spinning and emerging from its cocoon to struggles in early American settlements, the minute expressions of love and the often invisible ebbing of loss. Onomatopoeic words (""calm the sentence the lake/ will calm// breath gathers itself in a comma/ a comma informs the wave"") and etymological explorations (""eagle at the root... borrowed from Old English egle... probably from aqua// water at the root of the bird"") form a vivid associative chain.
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Beachy-Quick is a poet of artifacts, early American history, nature, and the culture of nature. His vibrant third collection opens with a contemplation of an ancient Chinese pot built of coiled clay, which leads to thoughts about how ""the silkworm's cocoon . . . is spun of a single thread,"" thus made the same way as the pot, just as text coils on a page. The silkworm feeds on mulberry leaves; what, then, feeds the poet? Beachy-Quick's finely spun and intricately woven lyrics mesh consciousness with sensuousness and achieve a literary photosynthesis. Trees are spokes in the wheels of traveling meditations on the transformations and cycles of life. As birds build nests, humans alter the living world: ""Sap: syrup. Pine: plank."" Beachy-Quick's incantatory poems create a palimpsest of water, blood, and ink; veins in leaves, wings, and hands; spider webs, a silk scarf, swaddling cloth, and shroud. Tree rings hold time, pages are a book's leaves, people of the past have left their marks, and the poet is steeped in ""the transparent ever."" Donna Seaman.
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