IN-PERSON: Jeffery Beam presents VERDANT, with David Need

 

Friday, April 8, 2022 - Signing Line at 5:30 pm, Talk begins at 6:00 pm

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Reminiscent of Eastern Bhakti love poetry, and Western Troubadour and Green Man traditions, Verdant recounts a mid-life passage within a shadowed natural landscape of intense physical and spiritual longing. At the age of 42, queer poet Jeffery Beam fell in love with a younger man, threatening his then 15-year relationship. These poems were born of that spiritual alchemical blaze and its substantial healing power. The poet-lover’s sacred quest through heartbreak, suffering, grief, and regret, progresses ultimately to a joyful ecstatic reunion with the Beloved Divine. A mini-essay, “Don’t Forget Love: Sacred Longing’s Dark Project”, further illuminates the actual, mythological, and spiritual origins of the poems, and describes the poet’s lifetime search through experience, teachings, and literature, to a condition in which Desire and Love enrich instead of subsuming the Self


Jeffery Beam's work hailed for its “transcendent, lush beauty, its minimal sacrament, simplicity and physicality” fuses through Gnostic intention the physical and spiritual worlds, creating a conversation between the natural world, the body, and the spirit. He has received numerous awards and grants including three American Library Association Notable Book and Gay/Lesbian Non-Fiction Award nominations, three Pushcart nominations. Born and raised in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Beam moved to Orange County in 1975. Since 1984 he has lived in Hillsborough, NC, with his husband Stanley Finch.

David Need was a university lecturer in Asian Religions in Durham NC for twenty years. Book publications include two volumes of essays and translations on Rilke — Rainer Maria Rilke, Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, David Need, translations and essay, Horse and Buggy Press, 2014, and Rainer Maria Rilke, Notebooks and Personal Papers, David Need, translations and essays, Shearsman, 2018 — and two volumes of his own poetry, Offshore St, Mark / Songs in-Between the Day: Two Suites, Three Count Pour, 2015 and Saint John’s Rose Slumber (Spuyten Duyvil 2019). His poetry and critical writings have appeared in Hambone, Talisman, Golden Handcuffs Review, Lana Turner Review, Heavy Feathers Review, Spoke, Oyster Boy, and Minor American.

Event date: 
Friday, April 8, 2022 - 5:30pm
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752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Verdant By Jeffery Beam Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780998929347
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Published: Kin Press - February 14th, 2022

Gospel Earth By Jeffery Beam Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781907489013
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Published: Skysill Press - March 20th, 2010

From Notebooks and Personal Papers By Rainer Maria Rilke, David Need (Translator) Cover Image
By Rainer Maria Rilke, David Need (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781848616028
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Published: Shearsman Books - October 26th, 2018

Spectral Pegasus / Dark Movements By Jeffery Beam, Clive Hicks-Jenkins (Artist) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780998929316
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Published: Kin Press - January 1st, 2019

Jonathan Williams: Lord of Orchards By Jeffery Beam (Editor), Richard Owens (Editor) Cover Image
By Jeffery Beam (Editor), Richard Owens (Editor)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781632260871
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Published: Prospecta Press - September 26th, 2017

The Broken Flower By Jeffery Beam Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781907489136
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Published: Skysill Press - October 10th, 2012