So here’s my Brett Poem
sounds like A Boston Bruins Defensemen
Defense not Offense Defense not Offence
sounds like the guy that Boston keeps sending down to Triple A Providence
till they tell him “Have a nice life”
The teenage Parties I went to
were way before the eighties
but the way they rolled, the way they rolled
if you went upstairs with a woman
you had agreed on something
The teenage parties I went to
when you went upstairs
a mind could still be changed
and nothing be owed
and nothing be owed
Even if you didn’t respect women then
You knew enough to pretend like you did
to pretend like you did
and you always knew
the woman just might have a brother
More than half the time, more than half the time
I would end up at the losers conference downstairs
smoking j’s and talking to Matty or someone
about was Kennedy really dead, would they impeach Nixon
would the Phillies ever-
Did I ever want to use force.
Did I think about it,
Was there that one single moment in hell’s time-
I always had a vision of who I was
and that evil was not included
Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders,
The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia
Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading,
The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center,
The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore
The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City,
Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues.
He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including
El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die,
Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet.
This is his first Reading in over a year.
Bob Small was Founder and President of the
two decades old Poets and Prophets,
which presented Poetry Readings
in both Delaware County and Philadelphia.
Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the
First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005).
He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties.
He is the Founder and Facilitator of
The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac),
which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties.,
seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook)
Bob is also a founding member and
Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates,
which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook)
He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance.
Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife
and their menagerie of animals.
He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
Really like it. Thanks for writing it.