Entering the world of the Duets revised

Entering the world of the Duets

12-23-82(12-17-82) is the date of the first of these and they continued being written through 1983. The purpose of these was to create reasons to be around a certain Blonde Lady (I have a propensity for blondes and this was my first one). She was also from the midwest which was another propensity. I wrote these so we could perform these at Poetry Readings after which we would end up at her house and??. And often didn’t happen but a number of these were created anyhow and performed and rehearsed.


Among those others involved, that I can remember, memory being a thief. were;

The Fabulous Roni Chernin

Mary Gabriele

Robin Kaminsky


Sarah Mobley

Kristine K Osbakken

The Sandra

Barbara Sheehan

Hugh Wattles

I’m not sure whether Mike Dalton was part of this group or not.

I have a Jack W listed, though don’t remember him,

I guess I only remember the women.

This group later evolved into Popular Neurotics.

Popular Neurotics, like the Duets, consisted of works which were written by me, or others, and then workshopped into the finished form during rehearsals.

Some of these rehearsals had more action than the Playets,


Part of scanning these and putting them on WordPress is so that I can dump all the original papers they are written on. Unlike Poems, they would be eligible for Play competitions, as most Play Competitions (the ones I’ve seen) don’t necessarily preclude publication (though a Blog with 13 followers really should not count as publication anymore than a Poem read to maybe six half dazed audience members at a bar should count-)

Possibly I can dump some of these memories, too, but will choose to retain others.


At this time, I was employed and living alone on S. 12th St, back when it was still S. 12th Street (pre-yuppification) and I had already found myself as an organizer. It would be another five years before I would find sobriety.


I’m not sure what to do with these right now but it’s good to get them online.


PS The Blonde I speak of still stays in touch, occasionally, on Social Media. We do not speak of any past we have which is the way social media works with me and previous girlfriends. We both feel we ended up in good relationships, both with others and ourselves. She hasn’t lost her looks. She is very involved with positive activism.


About bobsmall1

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.
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