©Jennifer Davidson Marshall

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.

On January 27, we can welcome Zachary Bos, author of chapbooks and editor full-length collections through Pen & Anvil Press. He is also a member of the Boston Poetry Union Collaborative, which among other things has run a workshop for the past ten years. Information for that workshop can be found here. And you are encouraged to join the Boston Poetry Facebook page, which he helps moderate. Read his poem below, and come join us this Monday.



… and sapless like a withered flower
                   John Wilmont, Earl of Rochester

Emblems of longing and limerence: those
who’ve been attuned may see them anywhere.
Like here in Gray’s Anatomy, a page
of pictures of limbs laid open to show
the red and blue streams of circulation.
Here it is, vena comitans, Latin:
“accompanying vein.” The term describes
vessels laid in tight beside arteries
such that the pulsing of the artery
aids in venous return. The metaphor
is Aristophean. The diagram
indicates the direction of blood flow
but not the intentions of the couple,
one taking warmth, the other giving it.