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, November 9, we welcome poet, memoir writer and publisher Mignon Ariel King to the podium. Below is an excerpt from her latest offering Tell-Tale Inklings #1 from her imprint Tell-Tale Chapbooks, which will be available at the reading.


Naw, I Can’t Forget

The day is gone, that chance to see his smile instead
of merely feeling him in the dark…until merely morphs
into magic. And wouldn’t it have been torture to say

farewell again? So wouldn’t love have felt like
a jester who isn’t that damned funny despite the paint,
pointed hat, and rainbow silly of his crooked smile?

Kiss today goodbye…/The sweetness and the sorrow…*

Oh, yeah! Love can bite. But the nibbles on my then-
taut, now rounded ,”just more of you to love, gorgeous”
bottom would have left the right impression after all.

So the sun came up today and will probably beam away
tomorrow, but his smile gnaws at that dark corner in
the back of my mind. Don’t tell me not to applaud!

Won’t forget, can’t regret/What I did for love….*

*Lyrics from “A Chorus Line”(1975)
The poem is from the literary journal “Tell-Tale Inklings#1” (Tell-Tale Chapbooks, 2015)