Brian Michael Barbeito

Location Canada

About Me

I am a poet, essayist, and translator; I was born in Ontario, Canada and reside in the greater Toronto area. Published collections of my work include Vignettes: prose narratives, Postprandial: a prose poem novel, and Notes from November’s Noon: a chapbook in fictional letters. I am a Pushcart Prize nominee for the short story The One Single Note (Lunatics Folly, 2011), and for the short story Motel by the Stereo Sea (Mungbeing Magazine, 2012). Some of the publications my writings have appeared in include Glossolalia, Otis Nebula, and Whisperings Magazine. Currently I am working on a compilation of short stories called Electric Light, and the novel Autumnal, Light and Dark.

Why do you write?

Writing, in one form or another, is simply a common and trusted thread. What fuels it is probably the age old practice of relating a story in order to connect with self and others. There is also the effort to express something unique, and if possible, to express it in a new way, or at the least, an honest way. I enjoy all forms of writing including correspondence, poetry, prose, essay, criticism, the novel, and others, but the short form seems to be like a favorite jacket or friend. One of the highlights of my writing journey was being sent a copy of The Big Red Book (Rumi), by the American translator Coleman Barks. This small gesture, along with his words of encouragement, was no small gesture at all. I have been revisiting the work of Malcolm Lowry, specifically Under the Volcano. I am also reading a book called Rilke and Andreas-Salome, which contains the twenty-five year correspondence between Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome, and The Book of Love and Creation, by Paul Selig. For music I am listening to The Velvet Underground and also Lana Del Rey.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Thackeray Beckett Styron Hemingway Mailer Miller Rumi McCarthy Rilke Dos Passos Steinbeck Styron Conrad Camus Doctorow Melville Cervantes MacGrath Huxley Lee Wolfe Rimbaud Lowry McCullers Nin Joyce Golding Burroughs Wallace Thomas Celine Heller Whitman Blake Burgess Lorca Plath Gibran Sartre Kerouac Purdy Straub Campbell Hesse Hamsun Smith Emerson Del Vecchio Dostoevsky Shultz Solzhenitsyn

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Nonnie Augustine – May 24, 2013

Thank you for reading and commenting on My Great Uncle Jerry, Brian. Writing that poem drove me crazy!

Laura E. – May 23, 2013

Thanks for your comment on my story.

Allen Hope – May 19, 2013

Thanks for the read and comment on "Losing Marlene."

Rabbit Angstrom – May 19, 2013

Thank you for reading hungry knees blues and for your comment. It means so much. Your thoughtfulness in your comment means so much, man. Peace yo-

Darryl Price – May 06, 2013

Brian--thanks for the read!

Paul Mahlum – May 04, 2013

Thank you again, Brian, for your words about my stories!

Nonnie Augustine – May 01, 2013

Thank you for reading and commenting on The Most Beautiful Lady, Brian.

Allen Hope – Apr 29, 2013

Thank you for the kind comments on "Temper." It is a very personal story that, even though it's short, took a number of years before I could actually put it into words.

Trevor Abes – Apr 26, 2013

Thanks for stopping by, Brian.

Charlotte Hamrick – Apr 26, 2013

Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my poem, "Chimera"!

Paul Mahlum – Apr 25, 2013

Thank you Brian very much for your words about my piece "Second Chance." Your encouragement means a lot to me!

Linda Manning – Apr 24, 2013

Thank you, Brian, for your thoughts on "Crosswords"!

Akshay Dashore – Apr 24, 2013

Thank you for your comment Sir..I'm enthused that you like it..your comment is surely going to serve me as an incentive for continuing writing. :-)
P.S- I'm a neophyte in the realm of fiction-writing.

Rabbit Angstrom – Apr 24, 2013

Thank you for your time in reading and commenting on the blue micro. Its good to see some canadian ass on this arena! Ha! Pax. Amy.

Monic Ductan – Apr 22, 2013

Hi, Brian. Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for the encouraging comments on my story "Everything Foreign." I appreciate it!

Hazem Tagiuri – Apr 13, 2013

Brian, thanks for your kind words towards "Deity". There was a surreal poignancy to that experience, glad I could share some of it with you.

Deborah Oster Pannell – Apr 12, 2013

Thanks for commenting on my poem, Moment to Moment, with such concision and clarity. That is much appreciated!

Hazem Tagiuri – Apr 11, 2013

Thanks for your praise on "Omens", Brian!

Ophelia Hu – Apr 10, 2013

Thanks so much for reading "Fragile Things," Brian. Looking forward to reading some of your work!

Gary Hardaway – Apr 04, 2013

Thanks for you kind response to my little cat poem, "Curious", Brian.

Deborah Oster Pannell – Apr 03, 2013

Thanks for your detailed comments on The Bookshelves. That means a lot to me...
Glad to see you still here and writing... :)

John Riley – Feb 11, 2013

Brian, thanks for your nice comment on "A Forest."

Gloria Garfunkel – Feb 06, 2013

Thanks for the comment on Corpse. It's exactly where the mother is an energy vampire.

DJ Young – Feb 06, 2013

Thank you so much for reading and commenting on 'i want to walk with you.'

MrsQ – Feb 02, 2013

Thank you for your note on Mourning. I appreciate the feedback and encouragement!

Gloria Garfunkel – Feb 01, 2013

I LOVE the concept of energy vampires. Thanks for your wonderful note on my story Amends.

Sally Jayne Heymann – Jan 31, 2013

Brian, thank you for reading and commenting on 1965 Dodge. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

blank – Jan 30, 2013

Hi Brian, thanks a lot for yr comment on clocks!

Sally Jayne Heymann – Jan 29, 2013

Thank you for your comment on Patterns on Time.

Neil McCarthy – Jan 28, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to commeent Brian. Cheers, Neil

Gary Hardaway – Jan 28, 2013

Thank you, Brian, for your response to Black Bombers. I am grateful for the encouragement.

Gessy Alvarez – Jan 24, 2013

Thank you, Brian for reading "The Restless Animus (or My 2013 Manifesto)." Glad you liked it.

Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 23, 2013

Thanks for your comment on False Alarm.

Alan Williams – Jan 20, 2013

Thanks for your comment on "Good Boy".

Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 20, 2013

Thanks for your comment on Dry Well's fear of mediocrity.

Gary Hardaway – Jan 18, 2013

Thank you, Brian for your kind response to The Horror.

RW Spryszak – Jan 16, 2013

Thanks Brian!

Gary Hardaway – Jan 16, 2013

Thank you, Brian, for your generous response to New Questions of Travel.

Kristen Tsetsi – Nov 25, 2010

Thank you for your note and for taking the time to read my story, Brian. I hope you've enjoyed your first week here. It's a very encouraging and helpful community.

Marko Fong – Nov 23, 2010

Brian welcome to Fictionaut. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Thanksgiving story.

Jules Archer – Nov 22, 2010

Thanks Brian for faving and commenting on my poem. Appreciate it!!

Darryl Price – Nov 19, 2010

Cool to have you with us!

Angela Kubinec – Nov 18, 2010

Welcome, Brian! I'm looking forward to reading more of your lengthier pieces. Best of everything to you.

Melanie Yarbrough – Nov 18, 2010

Hi Brian, thanks for the feedback on "The Friend." Welcome to Fictionaut; I hope you find it as useful and encouraging as I have!

Susan Tepper – Nov 18, 2010

Hi Brian and welcome to this great writers community! & thanks for letting me know you enjoyed my story Rug.

Pamela J. Parker – Nov 18, 2010

Thanks for your comments re The Silence of Harold! Glad you enjoyed it. I'll check out your work soon too. :-)

Robert Vaughan – Nov 17, 2010

Welcome to Ficionaut, Brian!

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