“…notes adults have trouble hitting, holding” —Kevin Rabas, “Easy for Me” Our notes of childhood ring out clear and higher than our post-pubescent drones, sing, still, somewhere across the dimensions of time, out of synch, now with the photon- painted gold-toned movies of our lives, the flurry of image and sound complicated sinewave mixtures that refract and reflect and sliver through slits to devolve into constituent colors and notes pure as carefree days where you and I run through light bright with promise, heads high and voices brilliant with the clarion-clarity of youth recalled.
Roy Beckemeyer’s latest book is Mouth Brimming Over (2019, Blue Cedar). Stage Whispers (2018, Meadowlark) won the 2019 Nelson Poetry Book Award. Music I Once Could Dance To (2014, Coal City) was a 2015 Kansas Notable Book. Roy Beckemeyer has designed and built airplanes, discovered and named fossils of Palaeozoic insect species, and once traveled the world. Beckemeyer lives with and for his wife of 60 years, Pat, in Wichita, Kansas.
Guest Editor James Benger is the author of two fiction ebooks, and three chapbooks, two full-lengths, and coauthor of four split books of poetry. He is on the Board of Directors of The Writers Place and the Riverfront Readings Committee, and is the founder of the 365 Poems In 365 Days online workshop, and is Editor In Chief of the subsequent anthology series. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and children.