Oddball Magazine Presents: Stone Soup Servings

© Jennifer Davidson Marshall

Welcome to a new 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.

This week, we put the spotlight on Martin Willitts and Linda Griggs.  The husband and wife poetry duo will be featuring at Stone Soup this Monday night, October 21st.  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.


Photo © Chad Parenteau

Martin Willitts Jr.

I was always distracted as a kid —
Travelling differently in imagination,
more in the world, at this peace,
pieces of words,

I enjoyed the certainty of breaking out.
Uncertainty seemed manufactured.
Not a total picture, but expectations
of where is judgment.

Matter-of-factness was lacking —
a glance to a window
always lead somewhere else,
in the paragraph of Life, where here-it-comes.

There is always imprecision.
Allowing uncertainty to exist, allows dreaming,
which always gets me into trouble.
Troublesomeness also disturbs me.

The lack of focus; the attention to smallness:
two different worlds allowed to work,
but neither was acceptable. We are forced to choose.
Keeping things interesting is impossible.

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2013 © Linda Griggs

2013 © Chad Parenteau

Front Porch Memories
Linda Griggs

Old blue house,

front porch memories
lost in a frenzied time,

share what you’ve learned

in good times and in bad,
in war and in peace:
“To neighbor is good,
to trust and care
even better;
to see the good

in each person
as we move
in chipped
brown rockers,
slow and easy,
making the time;
hearing the creak-thud
of wood on wood;
singing with evening crickets
watching the leisurely darkness,
feeling a cool breeze
on a sticky- hot night;
listening to the leaves talk;
staying in the present.