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)


Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community

(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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