CavanKerry Press author Jeanne Marie Beaumont’s “Letters from Limbo” makes an appearance on Poetry Daily.
In Jeanne Marie Beaumont’s book, Letters from Limbo, voices of the dead reach the living through various means, including the titular letters, revealing experiences harrowing and mysterious. Fluent in many modes, the poet commands varied poetic forms both illuminating and celebrating the haunting truth of our unpredictable earthly sojourn as we dwell in metaphorical limbo.
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Letters from Limbo
You ask what glories we have access to, being
“excluded from the beatific vision” as defined.
Best is the firmament—barred from heaven
but not the heavens, which open for us
like a colossal jewelry box. I wish I could
show you the odd-pitched graduated ladders
that lift us to great heights of star-gazery.
Up and down we traverse, birdlike in big-
sleeved scholar’s gowns, tailored to trap
breezes and bear us up (we can climb
only half as far without them). To see
our billowing citizenry hung high amid
the heavens, some with telescopes, some with
maps and charts, others with sets of paint,
is to witness a form of rapture, one
in which no body need be left behind.
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