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Spell (New Series #5)
Poetry. Dan Beachy-Quick confirms the promise of his first book and greatly extends the range and scope of his writing with this brilliant fantasia on a theme by Herman Melville. This multi-layered poetic work engages with Melville's text as well as with myth and with the ideas of spiritual quest, the role of the writer, and the nature of language. Rewarding multiple readi...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Ahsahta Press
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A careful student of Melville, Beachy-Quick writes an homage to Moby Dick. He's a sort of language-y/experimental poet (what's the best term? This work is mostly coherent but very concerned with the ways words sound, rather than the imitation of speech or meditation; an example: "The spear-struck/ Whale churns with his massive tail the water/ To white-roil, fury, turmoil, to gale-height waves/ When no gale blows--spear-struck, and then sounds/ Ocean-down as long as breath allows.")