[Ocean which I pushed up]

By Joshua Beckman b. 1971 Joshua Beckman
Ocean which I pushed up
with my fingers so I could touch
the orange sand below

and white mountain
which is not white but for getting
caught in the cold

Stay here where it is warm
and where the sun shines, for later
celestial garlands of dead light
will draw you into the cold for sure

Joshua Beckman, “[Ocean which I pushed up]” from The Inside of an Apple. Copyright © 2013 by Joshua Beckman. Reprinted by permission of Wave Books.

Source: The Inside of an Apple (Wave Books, 2013)

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Poet Joshua Beckman b. 1971

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Weather

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 Joshua  Beckman


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 Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Weather

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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