Friday, June 28, 2019

Brian Beatty On Sam Shepard

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to Sam Shepard (1943-2017)

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

Sam Shepard


My father somehow survived

three wives, a few car accidents,
an emotionally scarred horse,

a handful of dogs
that belonged on chains,

cigarettes, booze
bottles to the head and

the what-were-people-thinking?
cowboy boot scare of the 1970s

with no regrets or complaints.

– Brian Beatty


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  1. Best known for his acting and playwriting, Sam Shepard was also an accomplished prose and poetry writer. His eye and ear as a writer matter more to me than his Oscar nomination and various theatrical awards.

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