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© Jennifer Davidson Marshall

Stone Soup Servings is a regular series for Oddball Magazine that features upcoming features at Stone Soup Poetry, the long running spoken word venue in the Boston area that has recently partnered with Oddball. Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m.

This coming Monday’s feature is Kris Weinrich, a poetry workshop facilitator for the Brockton Poetry Series, a co-host of Night Slam at Massasoit Community College. and a member of the Brockton Arts board of directors.  His new chapbook of poems is titled Between Streetlights And Stars. Follow his Twitter account.

That Certain Surrender
Kris Weinrich

This begins with weapons;Between Streetlight and Stars, Cover
bladed glares and cocked questions
lowered, tucked away in those frayed openings of skin
that swell and sting alarm when a word
or a glance peels back our veneer.

Lips parted
let your hair down,
let your
hair down

Let those armor straps unlace,
feel space spread between metal plates,
               let all that ire and iron
                               slide off your shoulders
                                              and pile at your feet.

As blood and heat
spark memories in muscles,
you wonder how long it has been
since closed eyes,
forehead to forehead,
hands wandering blind along hip,
up back, across chest,
along neck, through hair
until thighs tense, backs
buck with grunt and
gasp giving way to moan
in a tangle of bed sheets
alight with dark fire
swallowed in warm
black waves of sleep.