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Fortune Beams

July 27, 2012 1 comment

by Jeffery Beam


(Lines extracted from four decades of poems,
placed inside homemade fortune cookies
for our friends on my husband’s and my own
50th birthday celebration, 2003)

Transfigured by spider webs & sunset.

* * *

Open the windows! Let the wrens in!

* * *

For all this to happen. Becoming landscape.

* * *

Into flowering expanse world without blooming end.

* * *

The white thoughts are tiny fish in your hands.

* * *

The end of the universe glistening, a silver spoon.

* * *

Through winter’s wet mess & slump…love always.

* * *

Light shining in darkness. Darkness which cannot hold.

* * *

Earth’s lovely darkness. Water’s clear rinse.

* * *

With closed eyes we feel the clouds.

* * *

The golden empire of the grass.

* * *

We are all waters, all unfoldment and melody.

* * *

Suddenly, you see everything behind you.

* * *

If you look carefully through the vines you will see it breathe.

* * *

One day a man came. I am not he. Observe.

* * *

Stone drums & their echoes.

* * *

To enter. The heart must shatter.

* * *

The song itself. The only audience, the song.

* * *

May abundant storms comfort you always.

* * *

A maple tree’s fired leaves.

* * *

The one prayer. Before & after. Precise as distance.


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Jeffery Beam’s many award-winning works include Gospel Earth, Visions of Dame Kind, An Elizabethan Bestiary: Retold, Midwinter Fires, The Fountain, and a spoken word CD with multimedia, What We Have Lost: New and Selected Poems 1977-2001. The song cycle, Life of the Bee, with composer Lee Hoiby, continues to be performed on the international stage and can be heard on Albany Record’s New Growth. Forthcoming works are The Broken Flower (Skysill Press, England, Autumn 2012), and The New Beautiful Tendons: Collected Queer Poems 1969–2012― an expanded version of The Beautiful Tendons (Spuyten Duyvil, 2013). Beam is poetry editor of the print and online literary journal Oyster Boy Review. Find links to all his projects at his website.

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The Dog as Healer, the Snake as Cure

March 11, 2010 4 comments

by Jeffery Beam


And there are records of many cures
effected by the healing tongues of both
dogs & serpents during the incubation
of those who came praying for healing.

Maria Leach, God Had a Dog

Fear nothing, no matter
what. In your sleep, that perilous
place, will come
dogs & serpents licking
with their tongues.
Ointments will be spread,
foul odors & sharp pain
diminished. Wounds healed
miraculously. Sorrows erased.
The narrow hairy face
of man’s best friend, your
four-legged mentor, will
embrace you. The serpent
in your belly will laugh.
Fear nothing, no matter
what. It has been
this way
forever.
And will be
again.


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Jeffery Beam (website) is the author of numerous award-winning books of poetry including An Invocation, The Beautiful Tendons: Uncollected Queer Poems 1969 – 2007, Visions of Dame Kind, An Elizabethan Bestiary: Retold, The Fountain , and the spoken word CD with multimedia, What We Have Lost: New and Selected Poems 1977-2001. The song cycle, Life of the Bee, with composer Lee Hoiby, continues to be performed on the international stage, and can be heard on Albany Record’s New Growth.  Beam is poetry editor of the print and online literary journal Oyster Boy Review and a botanical librarian in the Biology-Chemistry Library at UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Cure for Headaches

May 15, 2008 5 comments

St. Kieran's Holy Well

St. Kieran’s Holy Well, Kilkieran, Ireland

by Jeffery Beam

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Winter Cedars

April 5, 2008 1 comment


These solitary things –
……………………………wretched statues
……….fragments
…………………………….of the waxing moon

For all this to happen
…………………………….becoming landscape
myself

………………….my mouth

in prayer
………………….To attach myself

ghostly…….terrible

………………………….to the tall cedars

by Jeffery Beam

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