Dan Beachy-Quick


​The final revision—is of breath—​​
A comma follows soberly, a comma
Follows quiet, and there is none at all
In the branch swept down from the ash.Anapest, iamb, anapest—​
A lull like the ocean the ocean breaks
With a crash and then the lull lulls again.
Of simplicity—a measured dose

Taken soberly, proves nothing
Of the world save quiet, a small quiet
Calms, the real, the half-real,
The no thing, the prescient ash of awe.

Dan Beachy-Quick is the author, most recently, of gentlessness (Tupelo Press) and Shields & Shards & Stitches & Songs (Omnidawn). He is a Monfort Professor at Colorado State University, where he teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program, and is a current Guggenheim Fellow.