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Friday, April 15, 2016

Jeffery Beam, "Beyond the Green Door"

Jeffery Beam, reading and singing--listen up, world! In our culture, poets tend to be invisible, but here's a good look at Jeffery. Links below.



"This [3-part] reading offers a range of poetry, songs, and reflections from Jeffery Beam’s career – from the age of 17 to the present – as well as poems and songs from others, to illuminate his life-long conversation with the Divine in Nature. A troubadour poet, he is the author of over 20 works of poetry and sung poems in books and CDs, and is a photographer, editor, and critic. The reading was part of the Faith and the Arts series at St Matthews Episcopal Church, Hillsborough, North Carolina. Recorded October 18, 2015."

Four recent books by Beam at Lady Word of Mouth: http://ladywordofmouth.blogspot.com/…/four-recent-books-by-  Jeffery's website at UNC: http://www.unc.edu/~jeffbeam/ More poems by Jeffery, picked by former NC poet laureate, Kathryn Stripling Byer of Cullowhee, here: http://ncpoetlaureate.blogspot.com/…/poet-of-week-jeffery-b

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    Jeffery Beam Beyond the Green Door Poetry Reading
    St. Matthews Episcopal Church
    October 18, 2015

    This reading offers a range of poetry, songs, and reflections from Jeffery Beam’s career – from the age of 17 to the present – as well as poems and songs from others, to illuminate his life-long conversation with the Divine in Nature. A troubadour poet, he is the author of over 20 works of poetry and sung poems in books and CDs, and is a photographer, editor, and critic. The reading was part of the Faith and the Arts series at St Matthews Episcopal Church, Hillsborough, North Carolina. Recorded October 18, 2015.


    Beyond the Green Door Part 1
    21:50 minutes
    https://youtu.be/yBSS6AIgRu8

    List of works read or sung:

    Intro - Mary Rocap
    In the Mimosa Tree
    The Gift (sung poem)
    Sit, be still (Rumi)
    Mauve
    This is My Father's World (old hymn, slightly renewed)
    The Loom
    To see a world (Wm Blake)
    Breath (Kabir, Bly translation)
    If I were a starfish
    Credo
    I Have Never Wanted

    Beyond the Green Door Part 2
    20:41 minutes
    https://youtu.be/_Lu0CwgzNUw

    List of works read or sung:

    An Invocation
    Walking on Apples
    The Goodbye Nest
    Bluebird
    Bobwhite
    Findings
    What I Know about Poetry
    The Song (sung poem)
    Millennium Approaches
    The Sting
    Ars Poetica: The Queen
    The Swarm
    Snake in Autumn
    The Man Who Ate Butterflies
    The Crab King

    Beyond the Green Door Part 3
    25:15 minutes
    https://youtu.be/WJFQk9SNRts

    List of works read or sung:

    The Whale
    Bluets
    Paradiso
    Thrush's Parable
    Adam's Gospel
    The Broken Flower
    Lullaby of the Farm (song)
    A Stone Falling, a Falling Stone
    Sunlight of No Light (African-American gospel song, from Gospel at Colonus)
    Who Will Sing for Me (old bluegrass gospel)
    St. Jerome in His Study
    Annunciation
    Told in a Dream
    Shedding the Old Self
    Pale Horse (sung poem in form of Old Scottish Ballad)
    John the Baptist

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