The Shape of Absence

An absence lurks at the heart of this collection of twenty-one poems and illustrations. Part meditation on the passing of time, and part a measured search for the elusive words for grief, this collection explores the shapes, sounds, and textures of loss.

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Tom Beck’s first poetry chapbook, The Shape of Absence, was released in 2022. His work has been curated by Ribbons (Tanka Society of America), Train River, Flash Flood, and elsewhere. He was born in Florida and lives outside of Minneapolis. Connect with him on Instagram (@tombeckwrites) and Farcaster (@tombeck).