Nov/Dec 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 6 The Longer LyricNovember 1, 2016 |

A Century of Meditation

That if I knew how, would I —. In singing, not to sing —. Build the thing, or don't —. God as if God weren't there —. Prayer as remote control, as heretic point, as market share —. Read about the animals: their eyes that stare into the open, and there the void-glare glares —. Where hearts go out —. Ends stop —. • • Grows so heavy when it grows up. Knowing less weighs it down. As arms still carry the burden just put down, blood carries echo of the echo of the —. Some sound. Thought of blood as thought. What heart doesn't want a master more clear than itself, less riddled by the commands: put down to pick up, be abandoned by what is given. • • Grace is when what need not fall comes falling. So gently of itself the snow. So gently of itself the fog. Blocking at night the stars. A voice speaks at night above me where it lives, leaning out the window, wondering at the moon, how close it is, how near at hand, a voice could touch it with its hand. I

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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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Canto IX

By Dan Beachy-Quick

That if I knew how, would I —. In singing, not to sing —. Build the thing, or don't —. God as if God weren't there —. Prayer as remote […]

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