Writing from a Place of Urgency



ENOUGH: An Ode to Protest – BEATS, March 2018

Editorial Staff Robert Eric Shoemaker, (Founding) Editor Natalie Earnhart, Editor Kristiane Weeks-Rogers, Marketing BEATS is a union of writers and poets writing from a place of urgency, fueling our work with activist poetics in public spaces. Originated at Naropa University’s... Continue Reading →



When in great pain, the body is not an agent but a vesicle; a storage unit for the public, waiting beyond the body, which sounds off as waves.   The bullet of the state, an entrance and the fissure deepening,... Continue Reading →

denver, 3.24.2018

-Samantha Moore

feel it

-Samantha Moore

Not You Haiku

Heavy fault lines Lifeless young bodies lifted Snow gales howl coldly   Lights strung illumine Death’s distracting point not you Buds grow brighter pink   -Jackie Henrion   “Not You” as a (homophonic) comment on the NRA’s refusal to acknowledge... Continue Reading →

They Were in Holocaust History Class 

To the students with the horror of the pogroms unfathomable rupture of flesh in their mind’s eye, devising essays   in the aura of learning   thinking how (only more ineffably) could this happen   & could it happen here?... Continue Reading →

BEATS, Home Issue, December 2017

  CONTENTS Consenting to the Emergency by J'Lyn Chapman How My Father Changed Northern Minnesota by Lennie Hay On Nights When I Am Motherless by Sarah Escue The Road Home by Lindsay Stewart flow grasses by Ivy Walker The Ungardening by... Continue Reading →

Consenting to the Emergency / the Emergent as Consensuality

J'Lyn Chapman   There was The space between [her / his] face and how I felt about it where sunlight condensed from what once was sun a perspiration of minutes sweating between us the door love practiced in me swung... Continue Reading →

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