Brian Beatty

Brian Beatty’s jokes, poems and short stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including The Bark, The Chattahoochee Review, The Cimarron Review, Conduit, Dark Mountain (England), Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Elephant Journal, elimae, The Evergreen Review, Forklift Ohio, Glasgow Review of Books, The Good Men Project, Great Walks (Australia), Gulf Coast, Hobart, Juked, McSweeney’s, Midwestern Gothic, The Moth (Ireland), Opium, Paper Darts, Phoebe, Poetry City USA, The Quarterly, Revolver, RHINO, Sequestrum, Seventeen, The Southern Poetry Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, Sycamore Review and Urthona (New Zealand).

Brian’s writing has also been featured in public art projects and on public radio.

He is also the author of Brazil, Indiana (a folk poem) (Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press).

Brian lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

From Coyotes I Couldn't See

Far Afield

Like a scarecrow
with its missing eye
up to a telescope

in the wee hours 
of another starless night  

I fooled myself
into believing I’d seen
all I needed to

of life — as if lightning
isn’t always

about to flash or strike
somewhere along
the horizon.

What others are saying...

Brian Beatty's poems conjure complete lives houses, yards, people, ghosts, dogs, squirrels and invisible coyotes out of just a few stanzas. This collection reads like music, creating worlds that look like everyday life complete with the terrible uncertainty, the delicate and wavering balance, the long, long drop into the bottomless." — Charlie Parr

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