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Shields & Shards & Stitches & Songs
Dan Beachy-Quick




Omnidawn
2015 • 48 pp. 5 1/2 x 7"
Poetry - American

$11.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-007-6



"Only 28 poems, and yet they evoke the fullness of an entire life, including a war from which there’s the attempt not just to survive but to transcend." —Galatea Resurrects, Eileen Tabios

A chapbook of interlocking poems that weave together the lyric and the political

Shields call out to the violence from which they also protect us, a paradox that belongs as well to the images etched upon them. In these poems seven shields each suffer a process, one of wounding, and of healing the wound back to song. Shards are what remain of shields, fragment words relict from the first poem. Shards become stitches, barest suture of meaning made only from what language in the shard remains. Last, built upon the stitches, keeping intact what letters and words there remain, seven songs to replace seven shields, born out of a violence they seek only to sing themselves past.



DAN BEACHY-QUICK’S poetry collections include Mulberry (2006), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Circle’s Apprentice (2011). He has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Colorado State University, and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his family.



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