Poetry. FOR LACK OF DIAMOND YEARS is an idiosyncratic collection of short poems—most under 20 lines—that are a mixed set of free verse, unabashed counting forms like the Hay(na)ku and the Elfchen, and a very minimalist version of John Cage's mesostic form, along with a small number of poems based on colors, and a few that steal freely from traditional American songs. At its heart, FOR LACK OF DIAMOND YEARS is a quixotic narration between realms of being—from the quotidian into the sometimes numinous, sometimes murky realm of the unknown/unknown, and on into a kind of revamped transcendental—the 'what if' and 'where am I' worlds. There is a thread of praise that runs throughout—an embrace of the joys and sorrows of thinking and feeling, of love and loss.
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Caroline Beasley-Baker is a poet and visual artist. Her poems have recently appeared online and in print in Qarrtsiluni, MungBeing Magazine, MOBIUS /The Poetry Magazine, The MOM Egg, La Fovea and volumes 5, 6, 7 of the Brevitas Festival Review of the Short Poem. Meritage Press published two chain poems done with writer/poet Holly Anderson and singer/songwriter Lisa B. Burns in The Chained Hay(na)Ku Project anthology, 2010. She frequently uses words/poems in her visual work for which she has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting and a National Endowment for the Arts in Collaborative Work. She lives in Fort Greene/Brooklyn, New York. Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA