Saturday, April 20, 2019

Brian Beatty On Raymond Carver

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to Raymond Carver (1938-1998)

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

Raymond Carver

A man between marriages
fishes through a garbage bag

full of dirty laundry
in search of loose change

for cigarettes
and/or beer.

Down at that convenience store
the girl behind the counter has given up

asking to see his I.D.

– Brian Beatty

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1 comment:

  1. Carver's narrative efficiency has been a model since I discovered his short stories back in college.


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