Friday, August 9, 2019

Brian Beatty On Jim Carroll

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to Jim Carroll (1949-2009)

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

Jim Carroll

Flattened basketballs 
always reminded me
of Halloween pumpkins
smashed in the street.

Gangs of so-called toughs 
hide in the neighborhood shadows,
collective breath held in prayer.

Mothers at home have no idea
where their little boys have gone.

Vultures and priests claim the dead.  

– Brian Beatty


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1 comment:

  1. When I was a young writer just starting to look for books to read beyond what was on some class syllabus, I found Carroll's Living at the Movies and Book of Nods in a used bookstore. Soon he was my favorite living, if not prolific, writer.

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