Michael Joyce once thought to
become a Jesuit and perhaps became one
nonetheless (his own father once
described himself as “Jesuitical, self-
taught”). He is the author of thirteen
books spanning a career as a novelist,
poet, critic and theorist, digital literature
pioneer, and collaborative multimedia
artist. His poems have appeared in
Beloit Poetry Journal, FENCE, FOLLY
Gastronomica, The Iowa Review,
New Letters, nor/, Notre Dame Review,
Parthenon West, Spoon River Review,
New Review, OR (Otis Review), TAG
, The Common, and THE SHOp
(Cork). With Gabriella Frykhamn he has
published translations of the Swedish
modernist poet Karin Boye in
River Review
, Metamorphoses, and
Notre Dame Review.  Two book-length
sequences of poems,
Paris Views (2012),
Biennial (2015), were published by
BlazeVOX [Books]. He lives along the
Hudson River near Poughkeepsie where
he is Professor of English at Vassar
Photo by Carolyn Guyer
A Photographic Journey through
the Old Crow & Old Taylor

Foreword by Richard Taylor
Publication Date:  July, 2012
ISBN:  978-1-937968-02-1
Paperback, 120 pages
"Beck's work is a study in the geometry of rusted cogs and wheels, of planes and
surfaces, a man-made world of artifacts in which nature — never absent, whether in
creeping tendrils or light itself — takes a back seat.  The images teem with ghosts of
the generations that occupied the place."
                                                                          — Richard Taylor

Featuring over 50 photographs from two historic Millville, Kentucky distilleries, this
collection manifests artist Rhett L. Beck's devotion to "the art of decay," capturing
the effects of nature on our built environment.  His accompanying texts detail both
his approach to these sites as a photographer, and his personal experience of these
environments as a source of self-discover and redemption.

A foreword by author and historian Richard Taylor provides background on the
distilleries and context for Beck's treatment.

Rhett L. Beck is represented by the Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery - click here to
view examples of his work, including images from
Burying Monkeys, and to find out
more about him.