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 8-10 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 7:30 p.m.

On Monday January 12, we feature Matt Parker, poet, activist and member of the Society of Urban Poetry. Read a sample of his work below and be sure to be in the audience for his reading this Monday, hosted by past Stone Soup feature DiDi Delgado.


day-mares & night-dreams

crazy as it seems
nightmares are just like my dreams
harsher than it seems
we cry through silent screams
torment and anguish
on a bed that has been tainted
to be peaceful and serene
Sealy, Simmons, and Serta
have deserted me, stranded
given a false thinking of comfort
but the bed bugs can eat you alive
if you allow them to allow you to close your eyes
because sleep is the cousin of death
and I’ll be damned because I have no cousins left
so many night scares so I haven’t slept
I’m so shook up by the movies that escape
and only bother me when I’m not awake
You see in these dreams the callous remote death
I am the beginning of the end
It is not a moment I can get back
death won a race that I haven’t ran one lap
so each time my body relaxes
my mind tenses
and as my lids cover my eyes and open up the screen for the next show
I am the only one that knows
my night scares that I succumb to
still we may struggle in these dreamed deaths
til one day we don’t come to….