Please join Poetry in the Brew on May 11, 2013
at Portland Brew East located at 1921 Eastland Avenue Nashville, TN 37206.
The founder of Poetry in the Brew is Map… and he is hosting this month.
Our feature for the month is the legendary C Ra McGuirt. With Captain D. Phillip Caron, C Ra co-hosted Nashville’s longest-running open mic reading, Poetry in a Pub, at Windows on the Cumberland, from 1986-1993. C Ra also published The Penny Dreadful Review poetry magazine during the 90s, showcasing both out of town and local poets. His monthly open house for creative people drew a diverse crowd of Nashville’s finest wordsmiths, who became known as the Dreadful House Poets. C Ra has hundreds of poems in print in various magazines. A volume of his collected poems, “NOpoem”, has been published by Scars Press, along with “Blue Collar Ballet”, C Ra’s true account of his days as a professional wrestler. “Blue Collar Ballet” is now available on Kindle. C Ra is currently working on a new book, “Kayfables”, an exploration of the nature of words and reality. He lives with his wife Maxine and twin sons Logan and Morgan in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. But C Ra also keeps a crib in Nashville, because sometimes he just has to stand on Tennessee dirt.
My new place is in the back
bordered by lightly wooded fields
on two sides, & the Interstate
beyond the field to the North.
I still hear the distant grumble of the highway,
but no traffic passes my window now
except the teenage boys. I’ve seen several,
all in denim. One with the Anarchy sign
painted on the back of his jacket,
& one with a precocious beard,
all of them almost running
in shambling awkward urgency
to vault the futile fence
as if on their way
to some secret & exciting sanctuary.
Yesterday, one of them climbed
an inconsequential tree
just across the fence
like there was an answer
at the top.
Two are passing my window now.
I choose to believe they’re destined for
wherever they go to talk about
the meaning of life, & all that stuff.
they’re probably headed to smoke some weed,
& lie about the girls.
Either way, I like to see them passing.
Keep on leaping the fence,
–C Ra McGuirt
COME SIGN-UP at 5:30
READING STARTS at 6:00
If you need an inspiration for something to write about, try our theme: POWER.