Roy Beckemeyer


Your attention is my poultice,
balm from the crockery, the nectary,
the immanent grace of your soul,
the Gondwanan breadth of your being.

You embellish me, bequeath to me
the honeydew, the tallow, the syllogism
of your inner self. I am chuff,
facile, inchoate without you.

If you would cloister with me,
the world’s distractions would
swarm and churn to no avail
outside the binary star of us.

Roy Beckemeyer’s latest poetry collection is Mouth Brimming Over (Blue Cedar Press, 2019). Stage Whispers (Meadowlark Books, 2018) won the 2019 Nelson Poetry Book Award.  Amanuensis Angel(Spartan Press, 2018) comprised ekphrastic poems inspired by depictions of angels in works of modern art. Music I Once Could Dance To (Coal City Press, 2014) was a 2015 Kansas Notable Book. Beckemeyer lives in Wichita, Kansas and is a retired engineer and scientific journal editor. His work has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards and was selected for Best Small Fictions 2019.