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Stone Soup Servings Presents: Emilio Phoenicio


Stone Soup Servings is a regular series for Oddball Magazine that features upcoming performers at Stone Soup Poetry, the long-running spoken word venue in the Boston area that has partnered with Oddball Magazine. Stone Soup Poetry now meets from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery’s new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. The open mike sign-up at 6:30 p.m.

On August 3, we welcome Emilio Phoenicio, who will be reading from his new collection, Living Breathing Poem. Read a newer example of his work and be in attendance to pick up a copy this coming Monday.


Curiosity did not kill the cat, it leaped into immortality,
going out a lamb because there is where the best fruit hangs.
Nine lives all lived in the moment. Because the moment passes by,
like a breeze or a firefly and can be captured. Kept in a jar,
so you pickle it for a rainy day, or harsh winter where nothing grows except longing for
a rendezvous with spring lilies and spring cleaning
to rummage and recycle through your hearts inventory ,
where nothing blossoms but those dreams, come the right time
they will be pruned to grow again. So the moment may pass you by
like a well known stranger never to return, better to remain in vigil to discern the appointed time,
that is determined by the will,
every moment can have its Alexander, so make it great.
Allow Legacy to etch your name in incorruptible stone
so grave it is when destiny is stood up.
Stand at attention and you will be paid handsomely
because the only letters of recommendation shall be the actions that speak to the volume of character


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A Twist of JP Lime: Forget Free Brady, FIRE GOODELL!



To call it all ridiculous in no way fully captures…

How asinine and outright dumb the pages of the chapters…

That make up your reign, commissioner, the lower-case intended…

As are the uppers in DISASTER, ’cause the league, that’s how you’ve left it…

From the Ray Rice elevator footage that you know you viewed…

To how you handled Adrian Peterson’s suspension like a fool…

To the Greg Hardy reduction while upholding Brady’s penalties…

You suck, Mr. Goodell, you’ve all but lost your credibility…

That Brady’s fully innocent is anybody’s guess…

But a guess on guilt is all you have lest proof doth manifest…

You liken half a .psi to steroid use, just further proof…

That you’re a clown who should be clowned and from your throne, must be brought down…

Your punishment as irrational as your role in the appeal…

You will lose out in real court ’cause a real judge knows the deal…

You’re a mockery of leadership, a fantastic show of sycophant…

You pander to the masses, kiss their asses, yield to silly rants…

The NFL deserves much better than all your tomfoolery…

Though many on Team Brady think to self, ‘Tom, you’re not fooling me…’

The fact remains without a shred of concrete evidence…

Your decisions all but baseless, you’re a circumstantial wench…

Half a .psi does not affect a throw, a game, a legacy…

Your idiocy however does reflect your insecurity…

As such, commissioner of lower-case c fame, we do demand…

That once the feds revoke your ruling you at once resign, my man…

If not… well then, FIRE GOODELL!



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The Oddball Show #13: Waxing Political



While the Oddballs have been talking about a number of topics and derailing our on conversations online, the rest of the world has been going even more bonkers. Join the usual gang of Oddballs as we welcome cartoonist and comic George Panagopoulos as we take time out to discuss recent events. There’s a lot to cover, from the death of a lion, to Trump’s presidential bid that just won’t die. Join us tonight, join in on the fun. Or the pain. Fun and pain at the same time.


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The Underground Garden: VAULT



VAULT at Middlesex Lounge has an intention to bring Berlin to Boston, showcasing a mix of some of the best dance music you’ll hear, not limited to any one sound or genre, but a vibe: deep and dark. VAULT “will showcase local, regional, and international acts who fit this vibe, focusing not only on DJ sets, but live performance as well.” For VAULT, this is a journey immersed in sound and a visual experience.

VAULT Residents are Shuave and Byoosik. They welcome Boston’s DJ Bob Diesel on August 4.

Byoosik grew up listening to psychedelic rock, Radiohead, early/80s U2 records, orchestral music, jazz, Bossanova, Afrojazz and Afropop, Ragas and Taalas. She “heard proper techno and house for the first time” while exploring Berlin’s underground scene. “I will never forget the first time I walked into Berghain. My first techno influences (from two trips to Berghain). It was like stepping into another world, and all the things I was struggling with at the time were momentarily forgotten, losing myself in the music entirely.”

After this trip to Berlin, she decided she wanted to learn production and within a year, she was enrolled in the Music Production Course at Mmmmaven. She found it fascinating “that one person could create such complex, immersive sonic atmospheres.” She “had several moments in the Mmmmaven production course where I’d become overwhelmed by the possibilities of what I could accomplish with music production. It was like I finally unlocked music as a second language, one that I could not only read, hear and feel, but one that I could speak. That’s when the world changed.”

She graduated from the Music Production course full of inspiration but “found myself struggling to develop an intuition for what was danceable. I needed to listen more. I needed to interact with a crowd. That’s when I decided to take their DJ course. As soon as I hit the decks, I was hooked.” She has been a DJ for a year now and VAULT is her residency!

Byoosik is “excited to see how Diesel shatters the mold that many people have put him in as either a soulful house or a disco DJ. I’ve heard him do some crazy, dirty mixes with my techno records, and he’s been paying a lot of attention to newer techno producers from Germany and Eastern Europe. Of course, he’s got all the goodies up his sleeve from the Detroit masters. It’s going to be a good time for sure.”

VAULT’s co-resident, Shuave, found House and Dance Music by “staying up late listening to the radio” in Connecticut. “Video games like Frequency and Amplitude, the precursors to Guitar Hero, opened me up to more of the electronic music spectrum. I discovered and dove into Bemani music games from Japan, especially Beatmania and Pop’n Music. Those games showed me the endless possibilities in music and I started to find more and more on my own and through online forums. I found out about VirtualDJ and started there.”

“One of my friends (DJ Blu) brought me to the Municipal Cafe a.k.a the Muni nightclub towards the end of high school, and then years later brought me back out to some RAVE events in New England and NYC. I remember the amazing vibe of those events, and how the DJ seemed to lift everyone’s spirits freeing them to dance as they please. It was after my friends and I had hosted a RAVE at a factory that I was given a pair of belt drive turntables and a Gemini mixer with terrible fader bleed. Soon after I picked up a pair of Technics and a better mixer, then CDJs. Over time, from talking with locals and listening to mixes online, I came to understand how mixing between tunes allowed the DJ to tell a story and evoke emotion through proper track selection.”

Shuave has been a DJ and event organizer for 8 years and has hosted or DJ’ed as a guest at numerous events in New England. “The people I’ve met that I will remember and most likely be working with till the end of my time on this planet” are a part of the great experiences he contributes to dance culture. “We’re happy to host a living legend and it’s an honor to be playing the same night with a fellow DJ who has been practicing the craft for almost as long as I’ve been alive! I look forward to hearing DJ Bob Diesel’s selections for the night.”

DJ Bob Diesel has been a DJ for 38 years. “My parents were definitely a great inspiration and influence for music. They were great music appreciators and both listened to a wide variety of sounds and genres.” When Bob heard “The Chief Rocker” Frankie Crocker on WBLS FM in New York along with watching DJs play in public parks near his house, he decided he wanted to become a DJ himself.

He feels himself “blessed and fortunate to play in various venues and travel to many places to share my musical taste and passion. Making people happy and expressing my enjoyment in music. Byoosik heard me playing various genres one night and invited me to play VAULT.” He is looking forward to spinning at VAULT and sharing more than his rotation of Deep House, Disco and R&B Classics.

VAULT proclaims: “You are free to simply be yourself. Leave judgement behind. Lose your mind to the music.” You are invited to dance to the beat of different drums and experience the musical influences of Berlin and beyond as shared by your Resident DJs Byoosik, Shuave with Guest DJ Bob Diesel. This will be a Night to Remember!

Tuesday, August 4 at the Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (Central Square). There is no dress code and this is a 21+ event. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. and the cover is $5 before 10:30 p.m. and $10 thereon. See you there!



Liza Zayas is a lover of writing and dancing and celebrates both as a singer and songwriter performing as Luna del Flor. You can hear her collaborative sounds and experience life through her storytelling. She invites you to dance. Her poetry seeks to initiate dialogue by intentionally expressing consequences of love, lust, ego and self-respect


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It’s All One Thing #91: First Time Labyrinth


When I first saw the labyrinth spread like a galactic vision
on the polished wooden of the cathedral crypt floor I felt
something give way deep down in the floor of myself.

I fell and fell to a place I had been many times before
but only with time as an ally. If it had been in my power
no table or chair leg, no human foot would ever have
touched it again. It reminded me of basic training where
the Drill Instructor for my platoon, a Sergeant Parker
had a full sized paratrooper painted on the floor of the barracks.

Except the labyrinth made me a warrior for peace not war.
Now every time I enter its chambers my heart slows and
my breath pauses, and blood caresses through my veins
and there in the cathedral depths with the subway sounds
and the foundations of cities, I encounter my friend time
in the dark depths of the cave of myself, my only true self.


James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.


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Seven Times #54: The Great Garden of Het Loo Palace Far Beyond the Heorot of Rosklide


I found a maggot in the turnip anbury
It is the larva of a weevil called Cuculio pleurostigma
It is made up entirely of alunite
When the worm is appressed to the root
It becomes anaemic
I only use an aseptic scalpel to cut at the clubroot



Marsham, my love, gives me an abrazo
Of 180 amperes
Causing the Rhynchaenus sulcicollis to transfigure into an alabaster vase
Accoutred in cinnabar, azurite, and malachite pigments
Like the acini designs of lacrimal glands


Andrew Borne is 2 Cups Poet 1 teaspoon Musician 1/4 teaspoon Salt 1/2 cup Absurdity 3/4 cup Chef 1 egg, beaten 2 1/3 cups Family Man. Mixed together and served raw. His column appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.