Amanuensis Angel (Spartan Press, 2018, x+58 pp.), a book of ekphrastic poems inspired by depictions of angels by 27 different artists.
- “…Beckemeyer pushes boundaries and imagination forward. His interpretations of angels—personal, metaphoric—resound and sometimes subvert expectations: ‘We should help them, you know, / the wounded angels of the world.’ Amanuensis Angel is a crucible for Beckemeyer’s mysticism: ‘Gravity bows in defeat / at the seventh level of / heaven.’ Gravity and other forces alter within these pages—well worth the read.” — Tyler Robert Sheldon
- “an original and stunning blend of ekphrastic poems inspired by angels interpreted by eclectic artists. Riffing off abstract expressionist, symbolist, and surrealist art, Beckemeyer writes a universe of poetry here, showing us the embodied, soulful, and mechanistic angels across space and time…There is an expansive wit and magic in this book, and reading it is like looking through a kaleidoscope of history, art, culture, the sacred and the everyday.” — Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
- “…rich poetic craft…sensibility wedding the past to the moment, all applied with…arthroscopic precision…at his masterful best when engaging in an earthy irony, as when Adam casts a knowing eye on a lustful angel, or when the selfsame angel guarding Eden’s gate wryly observes the exiles stumbling forth in naked pride and folly…foreseeing them damned…to the end of their days. Whereas any day spent reading these poems provides a glint of grace.”– Melvin Litton
- “The[se] poems run the emotional gamut. While the book may use the artistic imagery of angels, the poems aren’t limited to the angelic or celestial. Angels function as apocalyptic heralds, gate-keepers, judges. There’s unbidden humor…’I am a solution to the three-body / problem of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Like angels in flight, the poems swoop and swirl through human tragedy and experience…This is a collection worth visiting time and again, as the nuanced relationships between the poems and the inspiring angelic artwork become more dynamic over time.”– April Pameticky
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Kansas Time+Place: An Anthology of Heartland Poetry (Little Balkans Press, 2017, xiv+218 pp.) is a collection of 160 poems by 86 authors edited by Roy J. Beckemeyer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
- “Throughout these poems run the appreciation of silence, reverence for what outsiders perceive as “nothingness,” and the timelessness of prairie life, its ancient fossils found alongside abandoned demolition derby cars and plastic cups. Here, ‘Nothing is lost, but so many things have to be found.’ Memory is a powerful force in Kansas. In Kansas, there is always another story to tell.” — Anita Skeen
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365 Days: A Poetry Anthology, Volume 2 (365 Days Poetry, 2018, xii+116 pp.) is the 2nd collection of poetry (76 poems from 18 poets) from the Facebook Closed Poetry Group 365 Poems in 365 Days. Edited by Roy Beckemeyer, James Benger, Dan Pohl, and Diane Wahto. Cover Photo and book and cover layout and design by Roy Beckemeyer.
- “…an illustration of conviction and community coming together and creating something exquisite in both its ambition and content…a tremendous amount of creative energy…Poems pastoral, micro, narrative, absurd, and intimate play over the pages in a perfect concerto of how a year of one’s own life passes: with highs and lows, sighs and bellows.” — Jeanette Powers
- “…a delightful read full of great moments from established and emerging poets…among the many bright spots in this collection…Paul Koniecki (‘Carry the sun in your arms to a safe house / and leave it in an unmade bed of pillows and down, other / minor ceelestial objects, and soft music from a turntable in the / corner of another room’).” — Shawn Pavey
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365 Days: A Poetry Anthology (365 Days Poetry, 2016, xii+138 pp.) is a collection of 100 poems by 21 authors, all of whom participated in a challenge to write a poem a day for a year. Edited by Roy J. Beckemeyer, James Benger, Dan Pohl, and Diane Wahto.
- “…these poems invite us to glimpse the shifting, extraordinary world in the seemingly still moments of the ordinary.” — Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
- “…sharing its voice for all of the right reasons, offering humanity, letting people know that they’re not alone, even on their darkest days.” — John Dorsey
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Music I Once Could Dance To (Coal City Press, 2014, 100 pp.) was a 2015 Kansas Notable Book.
- “…a strong visual sense, astute storytelling technique and attunements to the rhythms of the natural world. Beckemeyer creates a remembered music…that leads to quiet epiphanies and delights…What stands out in these rich, resonant poems is the care of craft…crisp lexicon and vibrant images…At his best, Beckemeyer rises to aesthetic heights that reflect the rich heritage of the Plains…” — Arlice Davenport, Wichita Eagle.
- “Roy Beckemeyer’s poems are like prairie stones, washed by storm, and carved by wind and time. Each is different. Each is formed by the experiences of a lifetime.” —Al Ortolani
- Beckemeyer’s poetry moves with the surety of the practiced dancer who not only knows the steps but truly feels the music…full of surprising variations on its theme. Music I Once Could Dance To is a masterful first book.” — Bill Sheldon
Available from Coal City Press