Poetry. Enacting both the pain and heightened awareness of a body in crisis, Joshua Beckman's latest collection of carefully assembled poetic fragments seeks to elucidate the synthetic reality of being sick and being medicated. Written from inside of illness and gathered over several years, these fragments or moments invite readers to contemplate how the compromised body transforms our conceptions of selfhood and our sense of the world. With a sincere reaching curiosity, the poems present a record of daily experience, but with the constant undermining presence of decay, memory, and death.
Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of many books, including ANIMAL DAYS (Wave Books, 2021), THE LIVES OF THE POEMS AND THREE TALKS (Wave Books, 2018), THE INSIDE OF AN APPLE (Wave Books, 2013), TAKE IT (Wave Books, 2009), SHAKE (Wave Books, 2006), YOUR TIME HAS COME (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2004), 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).Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA