From Our Soundbooth | November 12, 2021

Hello readers, writers, and friends. It’s a chilly and insistently windy day in Columbia, Missouri, and we’d like to welcome you to Aud-cast #32, the latest poetry finalist for the 2021 Miller Audio Prize. Get acquainted with Brian Beatty, and his stellar, haunting work, “47834.”

Brian Beatty is the author of five poetry collections: Magpies and Crows (Ravenna Press, 2021); Borrowed Trouble (Cholla Needles, 2019); Dust and Stars: Miniatures (Cholla Needles, 2018); Brazil, Indiana: A Folk Poem (Kelsay Books, 2017); and Coyotes I Couldn’t See (Redbird Chapbooks, 2016).

Beatty lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he works as an advertising creative.

Hobo Radio, a spoken-word album of Beatty’s poems featuring original banjo and guitar music by Charlie Parr, was released by Corrector Records in January 2021. The “47834” sequence is culled from Brazil, Indiana and was originally recorded for Hobo Radio.

Look for him on Twitter, where he is known as @brianbeattympls, and once you’ve listened (a few times) to “47834,” do yourself the favor of going back and checking out the other 31 Aud-casts we’ve left for you. We think you’ll appreciate them as a reward to savor as we move through the fall and shore up against whatever this winter’s got in store for us.

Thanks for being here with us for Miller Aud-cast 32. Aud-cast 33 is on its way, so stay alert. Thanks as always to the Missouri Review contest editor, Bailey Boyd, and to Patricia Miller, for her generous support for the Miller Audio Prize. And don’t forget, the Missouri Review is open for submissions year-round. Be heard. Learn more at