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Joshua Beckman

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Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and earned his BA from Hampshire College, where he studied poetry and the art of the book. He is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently The Inside of an Apple (Wave Books, 2013).

He has numerous books of translation, including the forthcoming Five Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat, and Poker by Tomaž Šalamun (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003) which was a finalist for the PEN Poetry in Translation Award. He is also an editor at Wave Books, a poetry press based in Seattle and New York.


The Inside of an Apple (Wave Books, 2013)
Take It (Wave Books, 2009)
Shake (Wave Books, 2006)
Your Time Has Come (Verse Books, 2004)
Nice Hat. Thanks., written with Matthew Rohrer (Verse Books, 2002)
Something I Expected To Be Different (Verse Books, 2001)
Things Are Happening (American Poetry Review, 1998)

The Lives of the Poems and Three Talks (Wave Books, 2018)

by this poet

Oh, atlas
you forgot my island. 
Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Townsville,
Belém, Durban, Lima, Xai-Xai planes
with wingspans big as high schools
eight hundred nine hundred tons a piece
gone like pollen, cumulus cirrus
altostratus nimbostratus people getting skinny
just trying to lose weight and the sky
the biggest thing anyone ever thought of
They'll spend the summer
crushing the garden—
a steam let off slowly.