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The Burlington Beat began in June of 2017 and aims to be a small concentrated sample of the creativity that exists in every corner of our beautiful city, Burlington, VT. There are those who have made their art their living, others who treat it as a hobby--some who have been honing their skills for years and others just starting out. You'll find all of that here.


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engorge yourself

September 17, 2018

engorge yourself

in a narrow, hollowed,

harrowing harbinger

of the pebbled unknown:


where do your nerves taper away?

do they derail themselves

off into milky granite,  

or do they find themselves


in the mossy, bristled, over-tow?


the creak grows wider beneath-

it goldens to beautiful again.


a silken, guided missile,

sent from depths

seemingly untrodden

necessitate your endurance.


how will your mere bones hold you up

in the enticing wake of calamitous fog?


anticipate better days

from the golden crag

will have emerged

in your will to


About the Artist: Brian Alvarado is a sonnet, bel canto opera, and craft beer enthusiast born and raised in the Bronx. He has been featured in print in Susquehanna University's RiverCraft, VCFA's Trailhead, and DenimSkin Review, and online in Contraposition, The Insomniac Propagandist, Squawk Back, and 3Elements Review, among others. He holds a degree in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University.  Find more:      Website           @brahvocado 

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