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Dan Beachy-Quick was born in Chicago in 1973 and raised in Colorado and upstate New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Denver in 1995 and then graduated from the University of Iowa’s Iowa Writer’s Workshop with his MFA in 2000.

Beachy-Quick is the author of several books of poetry, including gentlessness (Tupelo Press, 2015); Circle’s Apprentice (Tupelo Press, 2011), winner of the 2012 Colorado Book Award; and This Nest, Swift Passerine (Tupelo Press, 2009), as well as several chapbooks, collaborative books and prose hybrids like Of Silence and Song (Milkweed Editions, 2017); A Brighter Word Than Bright: Keats at Work (University of Iowa Press, 2013); Wonderful Investigations: Essays, Meditations, Tales (Milkweed Editions, 2012); and A Whaler’s Dictionary (Milkweed Editions, 2008), among others.

He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations. He teaches in the MFA program at Colorado State University and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Selected Bibliography

Poetry
gentlessness (Tupelo Press, 2015)
Circle’s Apprentice (Tupelo Press, 2011)
This Nest, Swift Passerine (Tupelo Press, 2009)
Mulberry (Tupelo Press, 2006)
Spell (Ahsahta Press, 2004)
North True South Bright (Alice James Books, 2003)

Prose
Of Silence and Song (Milkweed Editions, 2017)
A Brighter Word Than Bright: Keats at Work (University of Iowa Press, 2013)
Wonderful Investigations: Essays, Meditations, Tales (Milkweed Editions, 2012)
A Whaler’s Dictionary (Milkweed Editions, 2008)

This Nest, Swift Passerine [excerpt]

But how find how as it flew onward
& the mountains gave back the sound
to say what I mean the call of the bird
& the echoe after to say I've seen?

Raven hungers and calls and the mountain
Hungers back and calls
The whole range of peaks in the bird's beak.
Raven lonely and the mountain rings
Loneliness & the echoe after we could see
him no longer 

The echo after we could see 	Light in echo the eye sees
also through the ear 		a double infinity

From This Nest, Swift Passerine by Dan Beachy-Quick. Copyright © 2009 by Dan Beachy-Quick. Used by permission of Tupelo Press. All rights reserved.

From This Nest, Swift Passerine by Dan Beachy-Quick. Copyright © 2009 by Dan Beachy-Quick. Used by permission of Tupelo Press. All rights reserved.

Dan Beachy-Quick

Dan Beachy-Quick

Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of several books of poetry, including gentlessness (Tupelo Press, 2015).

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     for Ann Lauterbach

The lamb couldn’t become an iamb
   much to my sorrow, much
to the lamb’s relief. My teacher said
   the ocean hid in anapests,
in the lull of the wave, in the lull
   of the prepositional phrase—
in dreams bright children drown
  

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     I know, to entice, to convince, I must sing
   Your ear inside stone, must sing
     Gold bitten and true, the corn kernel, one seed, 
       I must plant one gold seed in your mouth with my lips.
Raleigh says: the Queen knows my name. The Crown
       Of a woodpecker is
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The wars are everywhere, o even within.

Drawn in poor bee by the dance loud hum

Of some