Sunday, March 24, 2019

Brian Beatty On James Tate

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to James Tate (1943-2015)

I wouldn’t write at all if it weren’t for myriad writers before me whose works showed me what was possible. The poems of this series are small offerings of respect, of thanks, to those muses. – Brian Beatty

James Tate

The cowboy atop his horse
could see as far as Ohio.

He grinned his gold hip-hop smile.

He didn’t miss the gunfights
or the range for that matter.

He’d also given up branding.

His herds were identified
in the streets of Indianapolis

by their pastel ribbons and bows.

– Brian Beatty

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1 comment:

  1. James Tate's poems taught me that humor was possible in serious poetry. His work also demonstrated how to grow a vision of the world.


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