So you see I’ve begun looking after you
looking for you
looking for you, who would not seeas relentlessly as I didwhat we both meantto end
So that you see just as long as you’re madeto listento this lyre’ssedulous strain
Whose head severed in the river-current,unlooked-at & still singingall its way downstream to Lesbos
Not stopped looking afteryou’d already begun to look twicein every direction but ours
So I turned back too, back towhat we’d both been lookingaway from, lookingfor
looking after, in thisaftermath of whateverwe end up callingwhat we ended
So you seeI’ve begunrelookingso that you see
(pluck and pluck of the lyre)
So you see I’ve begunagain(siltunder the eyelids,silt on the singing tongue)
looking after you
by Bruce Beasley
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'Theme and Invariants' is copyright © Bruce Beasley and BOA Editions, 2012, and reprinted from Theophobia (BOA, 2012).
Notes from BOA Editions:
Bruce Beasley's Theophobia is the latest volume in his
ongoing spiritual meditation, which forms a kind of postmodern
devotional poetry in a reinvention of the tradition of John Donne,
George Herbert, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and T.S. Eliot.
The book is structured around a series of poems called 'Pilgrim's
Deviations' and it forms a deviating pilgrimage through science,
history, politics, and popular culture. Beasley interrogates the
theological, metaphysical, scientific, and political worlds of our time
in a continually disrupted catechism, a 'catechismus interruptus.'
Bruce Beasley grew up in Macon, Georgia, and studied
at Oberlin College (B.A., 1980), Columbia University (M.F.A., 1982),
and the University of Virginia (Ph.D., 1993). He is the author of six
previous collections of poems, including The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems (University of Washington Press, 2007), Lord Brain (winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Award, 2005), and Summer Mystagogia, selected
by Charles Wright for the 1996 Colorado Prize for Poetry. He has won
fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Artist
Trust and three Pushcart prizes, and his work appears in The Pushcart Book of Poetry: The Best Poems from the First Thirty Years of the Pushcart Prize. He
lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife the poet and nonfiction
writer Suzanne Paola and their son Jin, and is a professor of English at
Western Washington University. His latest collection Theophobia (BOA, 2012) is now available at BOA's site here,
where you can also read another poem from the collection, 'From "Having
Read the Holy Spirit's Wikipedia"'. You can also find out more about
Bruce Beasley's work from his website.
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