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The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

Aug 12 , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Bruce Beasley, Featured Reader


If at first you don't succeed...destroy all evidence that you tried.



Bruce Beasley is a professor of English at Western Washington University and the author of seven collections of poems including, most recently, Theophobia (BOA, 2012) and The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems.  ​He has won fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust; the Colorado Prize for Poetry; the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Award competition; and other prizes and awards.



Self-Portrait in Ink

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As the gone-

translucent

 

octopus

jet-blasts into evasion, vanishing

 

while its ink-sac spurts

a cloud of defensive

 

mucus & coagulant

azure-black pigment,

 

self-shaped

octopus imago in ink, so the shark

 

gnashes at that blobbed

sepia phantom,

 

pseudomorph

that disperses into black

 

nebulae & shreds

with each shark-strike

 

& the escaped

octopus throbs

 

beyond, see-through

in the see-through water, untouched--:

 

so, go

little poem, little

 

ink-smudge-on-fingertip

& -print, mimicker

 

& camouflage,

self-getaway, cloud-

 

scribble, write

out my dissipating

 

name on the water,

emptied sac of self-illusive ink . . . --Bruce Beasley