Michael Beadle - What I Write
Michael Beadle  - poet • author • writer-in-residence
What I've Written

Here's a list of some of my published work....

• Poetry Collection:  Beasts of Eden (Press 53, 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)
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History Books:  

Canton (Arcadia, 2013) 

Waynesville (Arcadia, 2010)              
                     ** Winner of the 2012 Willie Parker Peace History 
                          Book Award from the N.C. Society of Historians

Haywood County (Arcadia, 2010) 
                          
                             (Southern Historical Press, 2009)               
                             **Winner of the 2010 President's Award 
                                 from the N.C. Society of Historians              
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• A Sample of Published Poems: "The Naming" / "A Town Too Small For Maps" / "Honey" / "Shibboleth" selected by N.C. Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer for "Poet of the Week" in June 2006

• N.C. Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers' radio interview with me on "Wordplay" (April 18, 2010) Audio Version

• Radio interview on "Wordplay" with Jeff Davis (Aug. 25, 2013) with readings from Invitation poems and more  Audio Version

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• More Poem Samples:


Picklebug Ticklebug
 
Picklebug ticklebug
Tiny little toes
 
Noodlebug doodlebug
Fuzzy little clothes
 
Wigglebug jigglebug
Inching up a tree
 
Needlebug skeedlebug
Looking down at me

 Michael Beadle
      2017©
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Birthday Wishes
 
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
      2017©

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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?

—Michael Beadle
     2017©
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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,
ancient, defiant, 
a call to all things wild.

Our only reply is silence.

Michael Beadle
     2017©
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