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Beckman, Joshua    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Beckman, Joshua Saul
58 poems available by this author


LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF A BULLFIGHTER: 1       
First Line: At the news of your death %children could hold back their giggling no more
Last Line: Frantically bouncing up and down


LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF A BULLFIGHTER: 2       
First Line: At the news of your death, %pardon me, the mail is slow from there to here
Last Line: Before any trouble got started


LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF A BULLFIGHTER: 3       
First Line: At the news of your death %the computers at the phone company
Last Line: Budded from the sparks of that confusion


LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF A BULLFIGHTER: 4       
First Line: At the news of your death %couples who had never heard of you
Last Line: And has not been heard from since


LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF A BULLFIGHTER: 5       
First Line: At the news of your death %in every hospital in america
Last Line: And answered their teacher's questions %in rhyme


LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF A BULLFIGHTER: 6       
First Line: At the news of your death %not a good poem was written
Last Line: Not for a good long while


LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF A BULLFIGHTER: 7       
First Line: At the news of your death %everyone turned on the tv
Last Line: Than anyone could have imagined


LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF A BULLFIGHTER: 8       
First Line: At the news of your death %on the day that you died
Last Line: And I expect it will be a point of contention for a while


LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF A BULLFIGHTER: 9       
First Line: David, at the news of your death %the trees became sad
Last Line: Yes, they are determined to keep this up %until you return


MY STORY       
First Line: My story is that I will not be able to eat for days
Last Line: What makes us happy. This is my story


ODE PETALUMA       
First Line: Bought stuff rolled by in cars. I saw them
Last Line: And go away,' say the people on the bus to each other


ODE TO OLD WATERMELON HANDS: 1       
First Line: Old watermelon hands sped into town
Last Line: He was looking at me, %but he was looking at the wrong man


ODE TO OLD WATERMELON HANDS: 10       
First Line: He talked warmly about island life
Last Line: About me talking %in my sleep


ODE TO OLD WATERMELON HANDS: 11       
First Line: Watermelon hands would cook a good meal %and put the kids to bed
Last Line: Through my arms and past my wrists


ODE TO OLD WATERMELON HANDS: 2       
First Line: Banging his crazy hands on my desk
Last Line: His blind and grave %momentum


ODE TO OLD WATERMELON HANDS: 3       
First Line: Then, he was quiet, %and as I looked up
Last Line: Stabbed the piece in the corner of the room %and was gone


ODE TO OLD WATERMELON HANDS: 4       
First Line: Old watermelon hands %spent the night at the neighbors
Last Line: A body like apair of shoes %over a pair of shoes


ODE TO OLD WATERMELON HANDS: 5       
First Line: I saw him leave %and the neighbors will never
Last Line: Charmed out of their beds %like snakes out of baskets


ODE TO OLD WATERMELON HANDS: 6       
First Line: Old watermelon hands told me %that I lack any real talent
Last Line: And it had become hard to turn on him


ODE TO OLD WATERMELON HANDS: 7       
First Line: I couldn't work %and old watermelon hands
Last Line: And it was a beautiful song, %it was a song about mothers


ODE TO OLD WATERMELON HANDS: 8       
First Line: Watermelon hands told the kids %to come in and watch tv
Last Line: But we waited and waited %to have a second child


ODE TO OLD WATERMELON HANDS: 9       
First Line: Watermelon hands %banged around the shower
Last Line: And wanted to tell him %that he had gone soft


ODE TO THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Melbourne, perth, darwin, townsville, / belem, durban, lima, xai-xai planes
Last Line: Do please please circle
Subject(s): Air Travel


ODE TO THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER       
First Line: Melbourne, perth, darwin, townsville, %belem, durban, lima, xai-xai planes
Last Line: Tiny planes please circle oh tiny planes %do please please circle
Subject(s): Air Travel


PEONY       
First Line: The quiet sound of your voice has slipped away
Last Line: You are my peony, sweet in the west


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 1       
First Line: Frank %bee between flowers
Last Line: The fastest lanes, the most stranded shoulders


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 10       
First Line: I wanted to see you again %leaving down the driveway
Last Line: A handful of you %swept away like love


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 11       
First Line: When I was young %they put a school teacher in a space shuttle
Last Line: To the ones who watch it go


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 12       
First Line: Picked up two boys on their way to the beach
Last Line: And them still as apples in a bag


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 13       
First Line: People are gone %they come and are gone
Last Line: Then, rushing high overhead


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 14       
First Line: I became uneasy %with the notions of health and permanency
Last Line: And unrelieved, human, completely unbruised


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 15       
First Line: I am just now learning things about myself
Last Line: Instability, lack of focus, and a similar and confusing isolation


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 16       
First Line: Our lives begin and begin in such disconcerting ways
Last Line: Back and forth in the middle of the kitchen


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 17       
First Line: Maybe you don't know how a new apartment works
Last Line: And expect a strange taste to not ever go away


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 18       
First Line: I have broken down. %my sense of what it takes to be comfortable
Last Line: Cotton fabric of sky


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 19       
First Line: Day comes %moves through a deep blue brush of flowers
Last Line: Sand leaves my body %the entire walk home


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 2       
First Line: The signs are off %knocked down by wind
Last Line: Or if any longer have the means to get there


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 20       
First Line: Funny %but there it goes
Last Line: But everything's going to be all right


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 3       
First Line: One day you are like an animal
Last Line: From which you can get nothing to wake


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 4       
First Line: Down at the beach %early this morning
Last Line: As if they peeled off trees %a minute before


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 5       
First Line: One day a man will point to my wheel
Last Line: With our immediate and uncontrollable futures


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 6       
First Line: What is certain is that the disappearance
Last Line: For anything, take me away


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 7       
First Line: Sometimes I wish for people %to come in through every window
Last Line: A sand inching its way %happily to china


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 8       
First Line: I woke up on someone's couch
Last Line: Free his mouth behind bars %and it will never forget you


PURPLE HEART HIGHWAY: 9       
First Line: Coldness without blankets
Last Line: Of the lung's lightest dream


REDWOODS: A TRAGEDY: 1       
First Line: Leaves everywhere %and everywhere things
Last Line: To become tired %and to sleep


REDWOODS: A TRAGEDY: 10       
First Line: Two nights in a row %the black half of the forest unpeeled
Last Line: Could be someone who wouldn't talk back


REDWOODS: A TRAGEDY: 11       
First Line: First I find myself %in the kitchen
Last Line: The staring promise %of something completely hollow


REDWOODS: A TRAGEDY: 2       
First Line: Oranges and redwoods %and orange trees
Last Line: The same for you %and for anyone


REDWOODS: A TRAGEDY: 3       
First Line: I know you want %to hear about the redwoods
Last Line: And if you read this in the night %it will be about the man


REDWOODS: A TRAGEDY: 4       
First Line: Three lawns worth of grass %and sometimes you go outside
Last Line: Such a queer thing %with all this water


REDWOODS: A TRAGEDY: 5       
First Line: It is only three busses %and an hour and a half to san jose
Last Line: And wished I could hear it %sounding like a creek


REDWOODS: A TRAGEDY: 6       
First Line: What came down the river %besides turning bellies of water
Last Line: So unaccountable %so far away


REDWOODS: A TRAGEDY: 7       
First Line: Your dream %a narrative
Last Line: More redowwods %and more redwoods


REDWOODS: A TRAGEDY: 8       
First Line: You do not know %how many redwoods
Last Line: So tall %so white


REDWOODS: A TRAGEDY: 9       
First Line: Picture three paths %maybe four
Last Line: How much a tree can grow %how great a shadow it can project


TO CLIMB THE MANY FLIGHTS       
Last Line: And so don't leave %and here 'and cold'


WINTER'S HORIZON       
First Line: Returning %to where you are
Last Line: A terrible sense that things like this %will continue to happen



Beckman. Joshua    Poet's Biography
9 poems available by this author


ODE TO THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Melbourne, perth, darwin, townsville,
Subject(s): Air Travel


OH, ATLAS    Poem Text    


SEAGULLS BESIDE FERRY BOAT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Sea Gulls


THE GOING. THE LETTERS. THE STAYING    Poem Text    


THEY'LL SPEND THE SUMMER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


UNTITLED POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Unslide the door


[IN COLORADO, IN OREGON, UPON]    Poem Text    


[LYING IN BED I THINK ABOUT YOU]    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love; Desire


[THE DEAD GIRL BY THE BEAUTIFUL BARTLETT]    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness