Lodestar Quarterly

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

Entomology

Jeffery Beam

All I want:

your affection

The rest:

the earth
mankind:

atoms
of dust
Little insects

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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