Today's poem is "Song"
from Shields & Shards & Stitches & Songs


Dan Beachy-Quick is a poet, essayist, and occasional novelist. He is the author, most recently, of a study on Keats: A Brighter Word than Bright: Keats at Work. He is a Monfort Professor at Colorado State University where he teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Other poems by Dan Beachy-Quick in Verse Daily:
August 2, 2011:   "Tomb Figurine" "Retrograde mind: Beehive: Yesterday's drone..."

Books by Dan Beachy-Quick:

Other poems on the web by Dan Beachy-Quick:
Fifteen poems
Five poems
Four poems
"Twittering Machine"
"Chorus & Hero"
Nine poems

Dan Beachy-Quick According to Wikipedia.

About Shields & Shards & Stitches & Songs:

"In Shields & Shards & Stitches & Songs, we are led onto the ground of our violent past. We find not just bones but 'some song like a coin lost in the grass.' In this gorgeous new work, Dan Beachy-Quick builds a series of poems that refuse to choose between love and war because the choice is a false one. Both exist and both must be reckoned with. These epic-lyric poems are shields: they evidence protection, but also the need to be protected; they are shards: fragments of a whole that pierce; and they are stitches: punctures that bind two together. Out of erasure, relic, remnant and rhyme, the song emerges. We are told to 'bring it home.' We pick it up and carry it tenderly to the refuge that is the poem. 'Yes yes the song goes.'"
—Sasha Steensen

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