Winter 2013 • Vol. XXXV No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2013 |

Primer

preface this book is a learning mist    in which the hand       discovers the thistle it grips— some texts are forms    of trespass's       expectations— the burr on the cuff a wandering    introduction         to wonder's barbed dislocations     ▪ ▪ astronomy grow shy, grow    humble, grow       dense as dying          star on itself       collapsing—    spin darkly to say I I I your kind    stutter waits       for one line          to break so       sky tilts, cracks    and clouds tumble into the gap     ▪ ▪ anatomy an ache   called a school a palsy    called a pulse a bone    for curriculum and for tutor  a ghost     ▪ ▪ optics I placed a prism    in

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Dan Beachy-Quick is a poet, essayist, and occasional novelist, whose most recent books include gentlessness (Tupelo Press) and Shields & Shards & Stitches & Songs (Omnidawn). His work has been supported by the Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations, and he teaches in the MFA program at Colorado State University.

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preface this book is a learning mist    in which the hand       discovers the thistle it grips— some texts are forms    of trespass's       expectations— the burr on the cuff a wandering […]

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By Dan Beachy-Quick

preface this book is a learning mist    in which the hand       discovers the thistle it grips— some texts are forms    of trespass's       expectations— the burr on the cuff a wandering […]

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