Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 6 • Summer 2003 • Featured Writer • Poetry

Flowering Apricot

Jeffery Beam

After Von Gloeden

February's got
a pink butterfly,
Prunus mume, caught
in your hair.
What an exquisite
What a shook
eye I got.

Jeffery Beam

Jeffery Beam is the author of ten works of poetry including The Fountain, Visions of Dame Kind, the IPPY Ten Best Books and AIGA Fifty Best Books award-winning, An Elizabethan Bestiary: Retold, and the Audio Publishers Association Audie Award in Poetry finalist CD collection, What We Have Lost: New & Selected Poems 1977-2001. Beam's work has appeared in numerous magazines and he has been a frequent reviewer for Lambda Book Report and other literary reviews. Recipient of a Mary Duke Biddle Foundation grant, Beam also performed his work at Carnegie Hall in 2002. He is a botanical librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and poetry editor of the print and online literary journal Oyster Boy Review. The Beautiful Tendons: Uncollected Queer Poems will appear next year from Off the Cuff Books. He is currently working on a commissioned opera libretto based on the Demeter/Persephone myth.

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