What I've Written
Here's a list of some of my published work....
• Poetry Collection: Beasts of Eden (Press 53) coming in March 2018
• Poetry Chapbooks: Primer
(Main Street Rag, 2017)
Invitation (Main Street Rag, 2013)
Friends We Haven't Met (Maven Press, 2008)
An Invented Hour (Hard Times Press, 2004)
• Poetry CD: Kaboom (Stellar Media Productions, 2009)
Canton (Arcadia, 2013)
** Winner of the 2012 Willie Parker Peace History
Book Award from the N.C. Society of Historians
(Southern Historical Press, 2009)
**Winner of the 2010 President's Award
from the N.C. Society of Historians
• Radio interview on "Wordplay" with Jeff Davis (Aug. 25, 2013) with readings from Invitation
poems and more Audio Version
• More Poem Samples:
up a tree
down at me
— Michael Beadle
I don’t want an anaconda for my birthday.
Don’t need a chimpanzee to bring me cake.
What I’d love is a hug from a panda,
And a sky of fireflies across a lake.
— Michael Beadle
I'm a Ninja
(parody of Emily Dickinson's "I'm a Nobody! Who are you?")
I'm a ninja! Who are you?
Are you well versed in kung-fu?
Then we should star in movies!
They'd give us contracts, you know.
How dashing to be an actor!
How famous, like a hit song,
To have your name in lights—
What could possibly go wrong?
Bull Elk in Cataloochee
As pilgrims we come
in late summer, armed with Canons
and Nikons, drawn to the valley
once home to corn and cattle,
Palmers and Caldwells.
Thief-still, we stand watch
in a scrim of woods, waiting
for the flick of a tail, twitch of an ear,
branch of antler among burnt maple.
One by one, hoof and hide emerge
to graze in a sprawling meadow.
Chief among them steps forth,
snorts a musky breath.
For weeks he will forsake food
to herd his white-rumped harem,
ward off rivals with a single cry
that startles the air—
a long shrill note,
a call to all things wild.
Our only reply is silence.