Circle's Apprentice

In his fourth collection of poems, Dan Beachy-Quick builds upon the visceral and conceptual fascinations of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Circles. These poems are deeply concerned with patterns, rituals, and tracing the connections—however subtle—that are inherent in daily life. Susan Howe remarks that Beachy-Quick's "splendid new collection reveals the echoes between the measure of verse and the measure of time." These echoes are abundant in the poem "Catalog", in which Beachy-Quick writes:

	                        To read
    Includes ruin, includes the ruins,
    The ruins of the stars, the heroes'
	broken bones,
    The arched neck of the broken horses
    The heroes rode, includes stones,
	includes a stone
    To strike a stone, a spark that lights
	the edge it hones.

This book review originally appeared in American Poets, fall 2011, issue 41.