By Joshua Beckman
Publication Date: March 1, 2004
ISBN# 9780972348751 (4x6 160pp, paperback)
Hum of the universe
I’m trying to sleep
150 extraordinary short lyrics which build a kind of meta-narrative throughout this haunting and powerful book. This collection showcases Beckman’s ability, even within the constraints of a few brief lines, to suggest and sustain emotions, landscapes, humor, and desire.
Beckman writes in much the same way that the book asks to be read—flipped through and glanced at, pieces missed and then discovered in a third or fourth reading, the whole collection a new thing every time you pick it up.
Olivia Cronk, Bookslut
Notes, memos, idioms, all cobbled into short short poems packaged in a tiny, beautiful book. A record of a hot, sad summer, these are lines for every day – flippant, needless, transcendent.
Brian Foley, HTMLGiant
Brevity is the soul of wit. You've heard that before. These poems by Joshua Beckman are soulful, witty, and brief.
Steve Potter, The Wandering Hermit Review
Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of many books, including The Lives of the Poems and Three Talks, The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is editor-in-chief at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat, and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He also co-edited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015). Beckman is the recipient of numerous awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.
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