Nicky Beer

Nicky Beer is the author of The Octopus Game (Carnegie Mellon, 2015) and The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon, 2010), both winners of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the MacDowell Colony. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado-Denver, where she serves as a poetry editor for Copper Nickel.

Winter 2006


By Nicky Beer

We are both the snake and the wheel.                 —Czeslaw Milosz Discovered in a New Zealand school’s basement:                     a colony of garter snakestwelve inches deep, generations rescrawling          over themselves within pipe-coiled peripheries,       the vital graffiti […]