Two Poets at M&Q

Sample new poetry at Magers & Quinn. John Tottenham reads from The Inertia Variations, and Brian Beatty reads from his chapbook DUCK!–7:30pm, Saturday, October 9.

When the original edition of the Inertias was published in 2005, it was hailed as “a terrific collection” by the Guardian, “quiescent genius” by Mojo Magazine, and “comedy gold” by 3AM Magazine, and turned Tottenham into something of a minor celebrity in his neighborhood. Now a new edition, packed with fresh material and including a lengthy addenda, is available–twice as long and satisfying as the original.

A multi-media interpretation of The Inertia Variations by English musician Matt Johnson (otherwise known as The The) is currently in production and a series of short 16mm films, directed by actor Adam Goldberg, will soon be making the rounds at film festivals.


Brian Beatty’s writings have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Conduit, elimae, The Evergreen Review, Exquisite Corpse, Gigantic, Gulf Coast, Hobart, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, METRO,, Opium, Phoebe, The Quarterly, The Rake, and Seventeen. He was a grand prize winner of the 2009 miniStories contest, and is a frequent guest of the Rockstar Storytellers and Talking Image Connection reading series. He made his solo performance debut at the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival with “The Big Four Oh: 40 Jokes, Poems and Stories by Brian Beatty.”

Details are here.–David E