[Dear Angry Mob,]

By Joshua Beckman b. 1971 Joshua Beckman
Dear Angry Mob,

Oak Wood Trail is closed to you. We
feel it unnecessary to defend our position,
for we have always thought of ourselves
(and rightly, I venture) as a haven for
those seeking a quiet and solitary
contemplation. We are truly sorry
for the inconvenience.

Signed,

                                 Ranger Lil


PS            Ofttimes as the day ends
                      on a wet bed of yellow leaves
                            or the sky densens gray and dark
                 I am brought to imagine
                      the growing disquiet
                             in the hearts of my countrymen

Joshua Beckman, “[Dear Angry Mob,]” from Take It. Copyright © 2009 by Joshua Beckman. Reprinted by permission of Wave Books.

Source: Take It (Wave Books, 2009)

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Poet Joshua Beckman b. 1971

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Activities, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Epistle, Free Verse

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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 Activities, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Epistle, Free Verse

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