February 27th: Jacques "The Haitian Firefly" Fleury Features

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. On February 27th, Jacques "The Haitian Firefly" Fleury will feature at Stone Soup to celebrate the release of his first chapbook, Sparks In The Dark.

Born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Fleury is a poet, writer, and aesthete. He cruuently hosts the Live TV show "Dream Weavers w. Jacques" on Cambridge Community Television. His poetry and writings have been published in Spare Change News, Somerville News, The Bridge, Whats Up Magazine, and The Alewife. He has featured at Squawk Coffee House, The Harvard Epworth, TOAST, and elsewhere. He is presently working on a poetic memoir based on his journey from Haiti to America. A sample poem of Fleury's is included below.


we'll dock stones
roll andwe'll unroll
In my america
the big flying eagle
birds well done abroad.
Two groups of people
the rich and the poor
the young and the old
the white and the black
and three tons of fat
all in procession
silent tales are blooming
flowers growing shells
olive branches
climbing white house walls
two candles burning
shades of gray
holy bloody sunday comes
sunday morning
god bless those whose veins
bear none
twilight swallows the moon
soldiers gone awol
run like panthers
here and gone
they've staged a snare
running rivers very dry mouths
Dutiful soldiers beat their drums
paragons of strengh and honor
mascarade balls
dinky shoots smack and
the dumb blond flunks
fall down stand up
walk the line
walk backwards
juggling well
will set you free.

--Jacques "The Haitian Firefly" Fleury