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The Odds by Bill Harvey

 

© Bill Harvey
© Bill Harvey

 

Bill Harvey is a cartoonist working as a technician in the Detroit area. His comic appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.

 

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Stone Soup Servings Presents: Petrina Skyy

 

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.

This Monday, we end the summer with the debut of young performance poet and dancer Petrina Skyy. Read her work below and take part as we continue to debut new talent at Stone Soup. Thank you for continuing to support Stone Soup and its talented performers.

 

Black woman in your 20s:

Finding humanity through love
Feels like a double edged sword
They begin to acknowledge your womanhood
But you wonder
Is it because it is paired with his manhood
Your femininity
Placed on a platter and served to all in close proximity
You don’t know whether to
Love this fact, for you finally seem to be given empathy
Or hate it
Because now, it feels oppressive in a different way
Black womanhood, in your 20s is confusing
You don’t want to be the “strong independent black woman”
stereotype
Thoughts of a future family flicker in your mind time to time
and that can’t be attained if you don’t submit to a man.
But now, it seems you’ve hit the other side of the spectrum
While learning how to be
With someone
Too needy, too dependent, not strong enough
But you can’t tell which you prefer
The stereotype or the anomaly
Both hurting you the same
Two sides of yourself fighting
To make progress
You don’t really mind if people
You just met consider you weak
During this love-learning process
I guess It means your doing it right
But at this stage, at this age
Independence is required for survival
But when I am, if I am
Will he still treat me with kindness
Will he turn his cheek and assume
I can do it all
That I don’t need him

I can do it all
But I do
Want
To need him

I think, I might need him

It’s okay to need him
It’s okay to need myself

Black womanhood
Is confusing
In your 20s

 

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A Twist of JP Lime: InnerSpace – Plum Juice Too

 

space solo on rusty platformIt’s 7:27 a.m. and I’ve been doing this chronological countdown since 4 with more time counting than not. Sandy looks so beautiful and peaceful when she sleeps I hate to wake her. I rather love indulging in the quiet and peace that is her while she enjoys her calm. Throb, tick. Throb, tock. Lying here, would be hell if not for her. Hell, it’s her snoring that’s making me chuckle through the pain right now. I can’t believe it happened to me…

Doc said it would be hard, and even all the reminders of past fortitude barely prepared me for this. Hahaha. Had a couple before I thought; but these here are the trying times. Sigh and heavy breath. I still feel it. The leg. My leg. But it’s not there anymore. Sigh again at the sight as the covers slowly roll away to reveal the space where something should be. It will come back some day I think to myself, like a lost limb is akin to a lost pet with a good honing device. I still want it back. The silent fight between grief and will power is steady right about now and I’m winning like a coin flip. Parched. Gulp. Gulp. Swig. Ahhh. Bubbler next to the bed was the best thing I’ve thought about in a while. Water is amazing. It is life, gives life and takes it pretty much too, you gotta respect that… Life on the water, has to be great. Just picture it – fresh smells, large swells, gulls, and the view. Sails wide open the sea, the world and you….

“Hey Sandy, you awake?”

“….”

Slight rattles vibrate and a rollover nudge try coaxing the sleepy one…

“Sleeping beauty, you can stay that way…. And when you wake, it’s gonna be a good day…”

Sleeping beauty smiled in her sleep dreaming the whole time she was thinking of being rescued by a good captain of a mighty swell ship. Sleeping beauty had always loved the water since her days as a girl and the awe it inspired in her. She longed to be at one with the sea, swim like a mermaid and see the treasures beyond the beautiful horizon. Adulthood didn’t quite dim the flame, it just lessened her outbursts for “fins over feet!”. An instant reply of laughter usually ensued, only furthering her silent indignation. Luckily for all of her ambulatory enmity, she found it a necessary warm up for dancing and swimming and so did so, but sparingly.

“Sandy, ahh you look so sweet, keep dreaming those dreams…”

“…..”

Sandy’s head was clear as a bright day ready for flight. Life was different now, and she was different now because of Chuck, but everything didn’t have to change. She was hoping and praying remaining positive bright and supportive. What was the alternative? Chuck would pull out of this slump, right? Am I wrong for just thinking? I just don’t wanna talk, right now. Sleep, dreaming is good … And Sleeping Beauty is dreaming of a captain, swimming in the sea and days mixed with adventure and other things she imagines…endlessly.

 

CLICK HERE to read the first volume of ‘Plum Juice’

 

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Bamboozled No More! The Christian Lady

 

She wears her Ava Maria pin on the ribbon of her straw hat,
staring down at her fingers, which move quickly along her rosary beads,
Wonder what she is saying to her god?
“Damn the nonbelievers.”
“Heaven awaits only those who believe in her god.”
Wonder if she noticed her Jesus was never clean shaven.
He wore a beard.
He wore robes, that in modern times would be described as dresses,
which would be reason enough for her to nail him to a cross!

 

Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column appears regularly in Oddball Magazine.

 

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The Oddball Show #16 – 4 MC’s and No DJ

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 27, 2015

Our first Guest-less podcast! It’s been a hectic summer, and the usual gang of oddballs regroup after last week’s break to discuss what’s been going on. With no guests to keep us in check, it could be more anything goes than usual tonight.

 

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The Underground Garden: Release Your Love & Nappiness

 

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On Saturday, August 29, we are invited to gather from Noon to 8 p.m. for Release Your Dance and Love and Nappiness’s third installment of their Release Your Love & Nappiness Outdoor Dance Party Series.

Once again, DJs Savuth, Chris London and Mojavi will be playing soulful old school house music, disco and soul, to name a few.

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This installment is also a show of appreciation from Nahdra, owner/designer/visionary extraordinaire of The House of Nahdra for her Royal Tribe. She wanted to combine her love of dance with her love for all those who work hard with her and within The House. The House of Nahdra has been rocking stand-out fashion shows in outstanding form for decades in and around Boston. You never want to miss one of her presentations.

I spoke with DJ Savuth who shared the event is truly designed for “all ages, all races and all genders. There is nothing better than seeing everybody dance in beautiful weather especially with their kids.”

DJ Savuth enjoys Jeep Jones Park’s setting and location. “Fort Hill is a nice neighborhood. People from the neighborhood enjoy themselves and participate.” He enjoys the “smiles on their faces, hands in the air, dancing all day.”

“We wanted to come together to truly help spread out positive throughout the city. We wanted to do something different and really show there are things beside what’s going on negatively. The way we do it as a community is the music.”

He and Chris London felt that nothing was happening with soulful old school house music within the inner city of Boston. Chris London wanted this event to occur in his neighborhood to recognize his surroundings and community. With the incidents of violence our communities have witnessed, this is their way of bringing the community together for rejuvenation.

Release Your Dance, Express Your Love and Nappiness, Embrace The House of Nahdra, Celebrate Your Community. These moments are ours.

Jeep Jones Park, 250 Roxbury Street, Boston this Saturday afternoon into nightfall. Summer nights should be this right.

To the Boston House Music Coalition and Dream Catchers, Thank You for your ongoing support of this event. (Also, the secret passwords are: Look. Out. For. September’s.) J

Let Love Rule.

PARK

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