Wonderful Investigations by Dan Beachy-Quick
Essays, Meditations, Tales

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Over the course of six critically acclaimed books—including a compelling meditation on Moby-Dick—Dan Beachy-Quick has established himself as “one of America’s most significant young poets” (Lyn Hejinian).

In Wonderful Investigations, Beachy-Quick broaches “a hazy line, a faulty boundary” between our daily world and one rich with wonder; a magical world in which, through his work as a writer, Beachy-Quick participates with a singular combination of critical intelligence and lyricism. Touching on the works of Emerson, Thoreau, Proust, and Plato, among others, Beachy-Quick outlines the problem of duality in modern thought—the separation of the mind and body, word and referent, intelligence and mystery, human and natural—and makes the case for a fuller kind of nature poetry, one that strives to overcome this false separation, and to celebrate the notion that “wonder is the fact that the world has never ceased to be real.”
 

About Dan Beachy-Quick

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Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of five books of poetry, most recently CIRCLE'S APPRENTICE (Tupelo Press, 2011), as well as a number of chapbooks, including APOLOGY FOR THE BOOK OF CREATURES (Ahsahta Press, 2009). He has also collaborated with the poet Srikanth Reddy on CONVERSITIES (1913 Press, 2012). Works of prose--essays, meditation, and tales--include A Whaler's Dictionary (Milkweed Editions, 2008) and Wonderful Investigations (Milkweed Editions, 2011). His work has been supported by the Lannan Foundation. He teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Colorado State University.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Milkweed Editions. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Little wonder is inspired by Beachy-Quick's newest (after A Whaler's Dictionary), a collection of essays and stories wherein the author attempts to show how "wonder...and initiation continue to exert a numinous presence within the work of reading."

May 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Wonderful Investigations: Ess...

Brevity Magazine

The second word of the book is “difficulty,” as in, “The difficulty of being a nature poet is that nature always intervenes.” Of course, nature also rewards in astonishing recompense.

Jan 10 2013 | Read Full Review of Wonderful Investigations: Ess...

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