You say you’re a Poet, kid

I wanna see your age card

your sage card

your rage card

Let’s see your Poetic License

your Egototic License

You say you give good verse

and you give a big Pentameter

and a hairy Haiku

you amaze and daze your

funky furry fierce feline female friends

with your



and straight ahead

1982 Sonnet

Pull on over to the bar and buy yourself a small one

you say your

iambic is manic

and when you smile

no odes are blanmk

not a dry face

in the bar

So this is what it is, kid

Battle of the Net Work Poeteers

Performance as substance

Deadwater, huh?

The show goes on


After the art


I have dreams of leaves

in my room

open wi dow win dows

in the middle of lazy win ter

you say you



the cryin’ sidewalk

never rushes up to meet you

But you say you

don’t dream

It takes up too much dream

The year is 1976

The place is Long Island

The name is Phil Ochs

who merely

takes a rope

and hangs himself

Bob Small 11/15/85

from 2-20-84

Notes on Aschakery

This is a Poem dedicated to the Poet Aschak for surviving as a Poet. A younger Poet had been denied access to a Reading at the Bar Bacchanal because he didn’t have an age card.

Aschak said he actually needed to have a sage card and gave me permission to steal that line from him. Poet Lou Mckee said “Good Poets borrow, Great Poets steal”. Lou Mckee

stole that Line. This is a foot note I usually insert when I read this Poem.

Accuracy in Poetry


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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