Friday, March 6, 2020

Brian Beatty On James Dickey

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to James Dickey (1923-1997)

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

Today’s hero, if news reports are to be believed, 
outpaced passing highway traffic 
that slowed to observe the unlikely spectacle 
of a ghost soldier

riding a zero-radius lawn tractor 
and blasting his high school trumpet
in tattered Civil War greys. 

He’s the oldest bugle boy 
the world’s ever seen.

Women love him.

– Brian Beatty

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1 comment:

  1. This is easily the most absurd of my micro-tributes, but there's a certain absurdity to Dickey's work if you ask me.


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