Stage Whispers (Paperback)
Winner of the 2019 Nelson Poetry Book Award, by Kansas Authors Club. "Stage Whispers speaks from on, off, below, and above the stage of life, as well as the stages of lives we travel, showing us how to hear what we have to say to the world and what the world is saying to us . . . Beckemeyer once again shows us the essential nature of listening closely to the music and quiet of everyday rhythms, yearnings, connections, losses, and motions. He writes with originality and precision about the natural world, growing up in the Midwest, old friends and old places that shaped lives, and even the workings of our minds . . . the most powerful cord that threads through this book is love: love for being alive to witness the tilting of seasons and weather, both external and internal, as well as love for the moments and humans that illuminate our days."-Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, and author of Everyday Magic: Fieldnotes on the Mundane and Miraculous.
Roy J. Beckemeyer lives in Wichita, Kansas. His poems have appeared in half a dozen anthologies as well as in a variety of print and on-line journals. His first book of poetry, Music I Once Could Dance To (Coal City Press, Lawrence, KS, 2014) was selected as a Kansas Notable Book. He was co-editor with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Kansas Poet Laureate Emerita, of Kansas Time+Place: An Anthology of Heartland Poetry. He was President of the Kansas Authors Club from 2016-2017 and was KAC Poet of the Year in 2013, and 2015-2017. He won the Kansas Voices Poetry Award in 2016.