Dreamers' Songs: Nancy Bevilaqua's Poems

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Month: November, 2014

Poem in here/there Poetry

One of several love-poems to Manhattan that I originally wrote during my participation in the Tupelo Press 30/30 project this past July, published in the beautiful new poetry journal, here/there:

http://here-there-poetry.co.uk/web/nancy-beliquava/

My Poem in Tupelo Quarterly (TQ5)

Finding out that my poem “I Dreamed a Young Man Coming Home” was a semi-finalist in the latest Tupelo Quarterly poetry contest, and that it would appear in TQ5, felt a little like the first time National Geographic Traveler accepted one of my travel stories. I LOVE the work they publish.

Kind of a strange story about this poem–reading it now, the poem (and the dream that inspired it) would SEEM to be about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. So many of the details seem to fit (the cigarettes, which made me think of the cigars/cigarillos he’d allegedly taken from the convenience store a little earlier; the railroad tracks–Ferguson’s claim to fame seems to be a railway depot there, and the shooting occurred a short distance from the tracks; the young man’s grandmother coming to find him; the fact that it took place in the outskirts of a larger city, etc.). But I had the dream about two weeks before the shooting occurred, and submitted the poem to Tupelo Quarterly the day before it happened.

During the dream, I heard the word “Yashin”, and assumed that it was the young man’s name. Subsequently, however, I learned that in Aramaic, at least, the word means “those who are desperate/without hope.” That seemed to fit as well.

Or maybe I’m over-thinking it. In any case, here’s the poem (read the others there, too!).

http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/i-dreamed-a-young-man-coming-home-dream-poem-3-by-nancy-bevilaqua/

Five Poems from Gospel on Menacing Hedge

Another gorgeous journal, Menacing Hedge, published FIVE (count ’em!) poems from my forthcoming poetry chapbook entitled Gospel. Thrilled again…

http://www.menacinghedge.com/fall2014/entry-bevilaqua.php

My Kurt Cobain Poem on Atticus Review

A few weeks ago the wonderful literary journal Atticus Review published one of my favorite (if I may say that) of my own poems. Needless to say (and yet I’ll say it), I was thrilled.

http://atticusreview.org/one-of-several-dreams-and-the-requisite-dream-poem-about-kurt-cobain/

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