[The dead girl by the beautiful Bartlett]

By Joshua Beckman b. 1971 Joshua Beckman
The dead girl by the beautiful Bartlett.
I'm sad. I make horrible sentences.
A woman alone in the park waves. The water.
The dead girl by the beautiful Bartlett.
Put down the cell phone. I'm sad. The waves.
The horrible staring. A woman alone
in the park. Waves. The leaves. Leaves
along in the park. I'm staring. The
dead girl by the beautiful Bartlett. I'm sad.
Put down your cell phone. A wave.
The sad girl alone in the park. Leaves.
Put down your cell phone. The Bartlett.
The staring. A leaf alone in the horrible
leaves. The dead girl. The staring.

Joshua Beckman, "[The dead girl by the beautiful Bartlett]" 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 Living, Death, Sorrow & Grieving, Nature

Poetic Terms Free Verse

 Joshua  Beckman

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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 Living, Death, Sorrow & Grieving, Nature

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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