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Borrowed Trouble

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  3 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Brian Beatty’s third book of short poems in four years, Borrowed Trouble pays modest tribute to poets whose works have inspired him as a reader and a writer. Beatty’s varied reading list ranges from John Ashbery, Amiri Baraka and Besmilr Brigham to C.D. Wright, Franz Wright and James Wright. His writing hits tones that suggest these inspirations without seeming mere ...more
Paperback, 74 pages
Published 2019 by Cholla Needles Press
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M. Sarki
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

Brian Beatty is without doubt an entertainer. His poems here prove it. But I already knew this. First, he was a funny man who made me laugh. Then I got to know him a little through a private message or two, maybe a veiled confession, perhaps a truth rushing headlong into the conversation, and then, of course, his poems. Intimacy is a hard one to figure. But when it happens you know it. It’s just hard to explain. I’ve been drawn to Beatty’s poems for quite
Dan Burt
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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5 out of 5 stars. This is an outstanding and unique collection of poems by Brian Beatty.

The collection is unique because he interweaves his personal experience with the style and voice of his poetic heroes. The writing and image descriptions are sharp and true, and so is the humor sprinkled throughout.

I recognized most of the poets such as Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, James Dickey, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Raymond Carver, Emily Dickinson, Mary Oliver, Wallace Stevens, Samuel Beckett, Sam
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Brian Beatty has published four poetry collections: Borrowed Trouble, Dust and Stars: Miniatures (Cholla Needles Press, 2019 and 2018), Brazil, Indiana (Kelsay Books, 2017) and Coyotes I Couldn't See (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016). He's currently working on his next book of poems, tentatively titled Hobo Radio.

Beatty's jokes, poems, reviews and short stories have appeared in numerous print and