[Lying in bed I think about you]

By Joshua Beckman b. 1971 Joshua Beckman
Lying in bed I think about you,
your ugly empty airless apartment
and your eyes. It’s noon, and tired
I look into the rest of the awake day
incapable of even awe, just
a presence of particle and wave,
just that closed and deliberate
human observance. Your thin fingers
and the dissolution of all ability. Lay   
open now to only me that white body,
and I will, as the awkward butterfly,
land quietly upon you. A grace and
staying. A sight and ease. A spell
entangled. A span. I am inside you.
And so both projected, we are now
part of a garden, that is part of a   
landscape, that is part of a world
that no one believes in.

Joshua Beckman, "[Lying in bed I think about you]" from Shake. Copyright © 2006 by Joshua Beckman.  Reprinted by permission of Wave Books.

Source: Shake (Wave Books, 2006)

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Poet Joshua Beckman b. 1971

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Friends & Enemies, Love, Relationships, Men & Women, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

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Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and attended Hampshire College. An editor at Wave Books, he is the author of Things Are Happening (1998), winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Award, Something I Expected to Be Different (2001), Your Time Has Come (2001), Shake (2006), and Take It (2009). He has also collaborated with Matthew Rohrer on the book Nice Hat. Thanks (2002) and the CD Adventures While Preaching the . . .

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SUBJECT Friends & Enemies, Love, Relationships, Men & Women, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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