Evan Beaty


Evan Beaty lives in San Antonio, Texas.


Those with the greatest love
of law are the war criminals’ attorneys.
From the gallery, we admire their clean distinctions
and the rain falling outside speckled
with dust kicked up at Bagram.

In the Oval Office, a woman counsels
patience, warning, “You’ll wonder why
you slapped the hornet.” From the gallery,
we deem her far-seeing. At evening I push
toward the subway past walls tagged V for Victory
and nothing else.