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 recently partnered with Oddball Magazine. 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

Tonight, we welcome the return of Ron Goba, a a figurehead to many in the Boston poetry scene and the former doorman at the Boston Poetry Slam. What follows below is a small excerpt from the collection of poems he crafted specifically for tonight’s feature. Ron’s style invites multiple readings, and we hope you will be there for your free copy of tonight’s complete set list to read along and reread afterwards.


The Beethoven Segment


green leaves slip wither
crusts snows blights promise
April 12 2013 Sues death date
skys crackling utter
Springs disarming clamp
flirts scorched supply
pencil pricks lead
torso snaps
cramp cant
but grieve
letters vanish spelling it
Beethovens Ninth Symphony
the slow movement speaks for me
severe depths sorrows
conscious natures un
kept synthesis (is every scherzo
musics crude joke) cants tonz
betray sound I
push buttons
load holes drink dont
mend socks do dis
card them (does sly witty Candide
contain spirits content
lack spirituality) Romeo
Juliet the tomb scene
Beethovens Fmajor StringQuartet
the Adagio affetuoso ed appassionata
homeworks coffee I forget how
Mother lived
remember how
Mother died
contrapuntal augments
retrogressive inverts
perverts backbentvent
strength must sense despair so
strings sense sinew (how else may
soft morph loft
frights rent insights
horrors hokey homonyms) Beethovens Eroica
the Funeral March
can score re
present ones inner state
French Poodles pastry spents splashy puddles
muddles struggles
live not touching Sues
seared upper lip
beneficents incensed trance
her twilit wizened tender face
his bright brazen throbbing breast
deaths sleep burnishing