Shield & Song

Dan Beachy-Quick Shield It has no mouth. No eyes. Father, it has no body. You tell me to make friends with it But no one makes friends with the dark. Dark has hands, daughter. Slow they shut Tight the sky black from blue. Study the night by sleeping it through. Go South into yourself. Take… More

Shield & Song

Dan Beachy-Quick Shield Be of ruin this rude maker. Rubble be. Ruin be. Be not a stone. Hellstone. Hailstone. Hellebore Take root in the broken and bloom. Bloom blood into bitter lake Or let dirt drink its fill. The bee moans In its thin cup. Pollen and trouble. Mark it in bronze, poet. Grab the… More

Shield & Song

Dan Beachy-Quick Shield You be awe. I’ll be knife. There’s an altar by the water. You be creature. I’ll be priest. Slack sails wait wind. Wind waits feast. Least blood most blessed. You be what I lack. Ceased asking why. Ceased open eyes. You Alter in darkness alone. My girl of gold-hair- Life. Be antlers… More

Shield & Song

Dan Beachy-Quick Shield No goat song. No satyr. No dancing cloven hoof. No stiff prick. No wine-drunk Silenus singing love sick. No cyclops. No shepherds. Nothing but a stick. Wreck the bronze by beating it. Throw Brick. Throw spear. Throw Shit from stables. Let worms gnaw all. Go Gather harm and bring a little home.… More