Betts, Tara 2017; 2019

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
GROOVE-A-THON with Simone Muench, Kristy Bowen, and Ruben Quesada
Innertown Pub


Thursday, August 29, 2019
Six Points Reading Series with Tara Betts and Avery Young
Chicago Water Taxi (Loop to Chinatown’s Ping Tom Park)



If you be throwback,
then I be remix.
If you be footwork,
then I be uprock.
If you be turntable,
then I be crossfader.
If you be downtown C train,
then I be southbound Red Line.

              – Tara Betts, “Hip Hop Analogies”

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DOGBYTES Interview: Tara Betts

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. Her chapbooks include the upcoming Never Been Lois Lane; 7 x 7: kwansabas; and THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali. Tara holds an MFA from New England College and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University.

The last dream was his silence
cradling my rock to questions
thundering in my ears, a pair
of baskets I cannot cover.

Tara Betts, “Sleeping”

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Tara Betts – “Poem for Trayvon Martin”

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you are curled under
unconsummated kiss,
folded into the violence
of blueberries crushed
between teeth, dying
sugars of once growing
fruit, and i let it linger.

              – Tara Betts, “Untitled for a Reason”

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