Moby Dick / Dan Beachy-Quick

Since so many of us are interested in Moby Dick, or were in the Moby Dick seminar, I thought it would be interesting to see what you all have to say about this new book of poems that surround Moby Dick by Iowa grad Dan Beachy-Quick. Here is the link:


How do you feel the sample poem responds to or expands to Moby Dick?
What new directions does this poem take you in?
How many people want to order the book and perhaps have a discussion about it over the Earth Goat?


dunkeys said...

I like that a lot. Nicely found, Chr . . . er, Charlemagne. I could do without the explicit white whale naming, but otherwise, it's tight. How's the rest of the book? Anyone?

I think now is the appropriate time to point out something poets OWN over fiction writers:

Enjambment. It totally rocks.

kclou said...

I dig it. A little bit of it seems affected in a way that _Moby Dick_ rarely does (e.g. "A god / Erases himself to make himself known) but the consideration of maritime landscape (for lack of a better phrase) is great: the rivers and reeds and ocean.

I saw that this guy teaches at Chicago. Is he a buddy of yours? It seems he has chops.

For those who like whales--I have whales all over what I'm working on--read Kunitz's "The Wellfleet Whale." Great poem.

Jane said...

I have a poem:

A poet named Dan Beachy-Quick
Wrote verse about old Moby Dick
He was destined for fame,
On account of his name:
What a whaley does when he's feeling sick.

Nate said...

I have only negative things to say about DBQ's work, so I probably shouldn't say anything at all... but alas, the mouth runs... it seems so staged to me, so precious, so obviously 'nice' and elegant. Not that there's anything wrong with elegance and beauty. The poem's obviously tight, skillfully done, etc., but I think the book as a whole is rather cheesy. I've tried to read it and simply found it contrived and inane. "Kiss me I'm poetical" shit, as Mr. Koch, RIP, would say. I hate to send out negative vibes -- they're hardly ever productive -- but he's a poet I've tried to figure out for awhile because everyone's so googoogaga over him, & honestly, I don't get it.

Charlemagne said...

I am worried about it being more of a disertation than a meditation. And a book long meditation on another book might be a disertation. Perhaps it would be better if DBQ took on 19th Century American lit or something. That I could dig more.

I do find DBQ's language relenting and arresting though. Although I haven't read Spell, the first half of North Bright, South True is solid. It has the Hopkins energy, but I dare say not the Hopkins sprung rhythm brillance. Just that amazing sound though. It can win you over in the same way that someone like Stein might win you over.

But all flash and no flesh does make DBQ a forgetable read. And Koch, again, a very smart man.

Toad Press said...

Ahsahta press is where Sandra's book is published (right?)--her title poem "oriflamme" was in the last Jubilat (I'm using it as an example in an essay I'm writing--for good or for evil, at this point I can't say). My point is, both DBC's and SM's poems seem a bit cold. Perhaps "coldness" is the new "confessional" or the new "language" or the new "lyric"....or the new Moby Dick.