Two Poems by
Dan Beachy-Quick

From Variations on Dawn and Dusk

November 25, 2019  By Dan Beachy-Quick

can’t put your hands around what isn’t there
but can you put your mind around it
can’t open the door that isn’t a door
but can you walk through it and come out
the same you you were before nothing is
the living mirror of God where love
and soul embrace a window open
never not open never not closed
where witness is trespass prayer is want


I had wanted a quiet testament
and I had wanted, among other things,
a song   a pure empty shape like a child
would draw when asked to draw the shape called home
a square with no roof but the sky and sky
thinks in clouds and when the clouds go clear
that light that falls down but is not falling
on things   not paradise   it won’t cohere
not the crystal acorn   not the gold thread
not amen   what fills also forms the eye


From Variations on Dawn and Dusk. Used with the permission of the publisher, Omnidawn. Copyright © 2019 by Dan Beachy-Quick.

Dan Beachy-Quick
Dan Beachy-Quick
Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of A Whaler’s Dictionary, a book of interlinked essays on Moby-Dick; Wonderful Investigations, a collection of essays, meditations, and tales; and, most recently, Of Silence and Song, a collection of fragments, marginalia, travel writing, and poetry. He is also the author of six collections of poems, a novel, and other projects. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University, Beachy-Quick has also received the Colorado Book Award and has been a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize and the PEN/USA Literary Award in Poetry. He directs the MFA program at Colorado State University and lives in Fort Collins.

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