Lady Word of Mouth was created as an announcement site--no more and no less--to inform readers about forthcoming and new books (mostly poetry, literary fiction--including fantasy--and nonfiction.) Founded by poet/novelist/writer Marly Youmans, the site currently features writers she knows in the real world and via facebook and other faux-world places. Authors do reply to comments (here, or elsewhere at social media links.)
Jeffery Beam's The Broken Flower shows him once more to be a master of the precise word. Language cascades down the page with a grace and sense of inevitability that only the true poet can accomplish. Whether focused on a painting or a friend, Beam brings into language a dazzling clarity. He sees the world the way it is.
―Poet, Editor and Publisher Ed Foster
The New Beautiful Tendons: Collected Queer Poems 1969-2012
Spuyten Duyvil Books, 2012
Midwinter Fires is Beam at his most minimal and acute, summoning up angels, linking the realms of the heavens, the earthly seasons, and the passions in an intricate and celebratory music that assures us in our dark seasons. We observe a poet of plenitude and abundance confront the supreme season of abnegation and withdrawal. In these pages Jeffery Beam turns negation against itself, ritualizing the world around him, drawing forth, from the lowest moment of the earth’s light, desire and song.