Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"Some Consequences of the Made Thing" by Dan Beachy-Quick

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May 31, 2017

Some Consequences of the Made Thing

Dan Beachy-Quick

About This Poem


"For a few years now, I've been studying ancient Greek, and one of the small discoveries that has felt of earthquake magnitude to me isn't only the well known etymology that the word for poet (poietes) means 'maker,' before it means 'poet,' and so makes of the poet one whose work fundamentally is building, but that the verb related to that noun, poieo, which in the active voice means 'I make,' has a different meaning in the middle voice. The middle voice, not present in English, might be thought of along Keatsian lines—it is when a verb's action is performed against itself, and so is active and passive at once, the doer and the done to. In the middle voice poieo means 'to consider.' So it may well be the poem is the thing that must be built in order to consider it, a space in which thinking cannot occur before the setting down of the lines, and so of feeling, too. This poem, one of a loose set of such, ponders the consequences of that possibility."
—Dan Beachy-Quick


Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of gentlessness (Tupelo Press, 2015). He directs and teaches in the MFA program at Colorado State University and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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