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Yard to Yard, Brian Beatty


There I was following

the neighborhood’s

new coyote

from yard to yard

pretending to be

an ordinary pet owner

walking his dog

without a leash

as if no one could see

the difference

between the unknown

and the familiar.



Brian Beatty is the author of the poetry collections Magpies and Crows; Borrowed Trouble; Dust and Stars: Miniatures; Brazil, Indiana: A Folk Poem; and Coyotes I Couldn’t See. Hobo Radio, a spoken-word album of Beatty’s poems featuring original music by Charlie Parr, was released by Corrector Records in January 2021.

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