© Jennifer Davidson Marshall

© 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 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.

This Monday, we welcome Timothy Gager back to the venue.  Gager’s most recent collection is The Shutting Door from Ibbetson Street Press, which has received praise from such individuals as Robert Pulitzer Prize Winner Olen Butler. The contents have been described as “poetry accessible and genuine going in and gothic and damn gritty getting out…” A poem from the collection follows.

Manomet Point

Standing halfway to your kneesTSD
the ocean, a vast bouquet, aerated—
as tides change, you push in, pull back;

lift salt water into your palm
funnel it through hands as big as
fishing boats off in the distance–

mermaids—for sure, you praise
God for such hope; so simple.

you find yourself joyous at pebbles
springing in somersaults;

the slick green seaweed rolling in
slow giggles which curl into laughter.