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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.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Russell  helped to organize the Untitled Open Mic at Brew’d Awakening Coffee House in Lowell. He still organizes the slam for that venue but mostly sits in the back and yells out inappropriate things. He has published three chapbooks and lives in Lower Mills Dorchester.

Here is a smidget of what you will here this Monday at Stone Soup, Enjoy!


In Which The Poet Consoles New York City after the Death of Lou Reed.

New York City called me
at 3 AM the morning he died
I picked up the phone saying
I know I heard it on the news
I know it’s hard but you’re going to be OK
the Big Apple sobbed on the other end of the line
I said listen
you’ll get through this
you’ve birthed and killed
genius for the last two hundred years
this is just one more little cinder of art
blowing of the fire
and besides
he had already moved to long Island
move one
find another
The City That Never sleeps tells me
there won’t ever be another one like him
says the streets are two pretty now
that no one’s going to roll down avenue B like it was born under their boots
I said you’ve still got borooklyn
and New York just sighed into the receiver
I know it said
I know
you got this I said
I’ll miss him too
I’m going to light a candle now
give me call
just as soon as you can see
the flame