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Music I Once Could Dance To - Poems

Music I Once Could Dance To - Poems

By Roy Beckemeyer
Poet, engineer, and scientist Roy Beckemeyer reads poetry - his own and that of other writers.
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June 30, 2019 Two Harvest Poems
I read two poems that deal with harvest, Kelly W. Johnston's "Reaping," and my poem, "Picking," both of which appeared 42 years ago, on facing pages of Gazebo: A Poetry Journal, in the Spring 1977 issue. 
June 30, 2019
May 17, 2019 Excerpt from Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric," and my poem "With Apologies to Walt"
Walt Whitman was born 200 years ago this month. To celebrate, in this installment of my podcast Music I Once Could Dance To,  I read an excerpt from one of my favorite poems from Whitman's Leaves of Grass, "I Sing the Body Electric." I then follow up with a poem of mine that was inspired by Whitman's work. Titled "With Apologies to Walt," it opens with the line "I sing the body hydraulic."
May 18, 2019
April 21, 2019 "Opening the Hall Closet in February," Baseball," and "Grandma's Front Porch, 1950."
Three baseball poems, "Opening the Hall Closet in February," about anticipation baseball fans feel as winter's end approaches, "Baseball," an ode to the ball itself, and "Grandma's Front Porch, 1950," about listening to ball games on the radio in mid-summer as a child. All three poems by Roy Beckemeyer. "Baseball" appeared in Stage Whispers (Roy Beckemeyer, 2018, Meadowlark Books).
April 21, 2019
April 10, 2019 "The Letter," and "love's last letter."
Let's mellow the sweet tea of April with a bit of lemony twist. Here are two epistolary poems of love dwindling, love lost. Amy Lowell's "The Letter," and my own "love's last letter."
April 10, 2019
April 2, 2019 "April's Amazing Meaning," and "Spring, Bittersweet as Separation."
April - springtime, blossoms, young love - here are two poems about youth and spring romance: "April's Amazing Meaning," by George Dillon (1906-1968) and "Spring, Bittersweet as Separation," by Roy Beckemeyer.
April 2, 2019
April 1, 2019 "Lessons," and "Music Composition 101"
This is the inaugural episode of Music I Once Could Dance To - Poems. Host Roy Beckemeyer reads two of his music-related poems to kick off April, which is Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month. 
April 1, 2019