February 13th: Kevin Mahoney 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. February the 13th marks the first Stone Soup feature of open miker and author Kevin Mahoney.

Kevin Mahoney was born in the fall of 1965. Nothing special happened to him until the age of twelve. It was then he read the book A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
freshman year in High School. After reading that book, he wrote his first poem. The poem was awful, but he was determined to get better.

After a brief yet unbelievable sensual affair with his High School English teacher he went on to pursue careers in food service, emergency care, broadcasting, sea air rescue, carpet installing, clown balloon delivery service, chimney sweeping and ultimately Radiology Information Technology. He was a principle writer and occasional performer with the theater troupe Catbox Cabaret in the 1990's.

He has been reading poetry, in public, since 1992. He is a three time Cantab featured poet, a cross dresser (please don't tell his mom) and an all around swell guy. In the spring of 2005 he published his first collection of poetry, Serendipity is a Son of a Bitch. A sample poem is included below.

My Best Christmas Ever

I awoke tired, cold, naked and dirty
handcuffed to a nativity scene.
It was not the first time,
and, God forgive me, I was certain
that it would not be the last.
The villagers walked past me
some in awe, most in horror on their
way to midnight mass.
"I’m not mad," I screamed,
"I know the difference between a hawk and
a handsaw."
A light snow began to fall
creating a charming scene
unless of course if you were not looking at me
wallowing in the mud.
I did not know how I had come to be
handcuffed to that nativity scene
nor did any of the passerby’s ask
or offer to help.
For all they knew or I for that matter,
I was as happy as anyone could be in that
moment in time.
The church bell rang.
12 am,
Christmas morning,
Peace on earth, good will toward men.
A dog pissed on me.


Tonight and Upcoming

G. Emil Reutter reads tonight, January 23rd.

In the coming weeks.

January 30th: Open mike regular turned feature Adam Thielker.

February 6th: FN Wombat and Sidewalk Sam return to Stone Soup.

February 13th: Local poet and infamous open miker of many names Kevin Mahoney.

February 21st: Anna Birch and Chris Volpe of Penhallow Press.
February 6th: F.N. Wombat and Sidewalk Sam Perform

Photo by Bill Perrault

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. Returning to the Out of The Blue to feature for the first time since 2001 will be Richard Jarrell and Robert Guillemin, otherwise known as F.N. Wombat and Sidewalk Sam.

The two performed their "Bob 'n' 'Bat Show" for Stone Soup on September 3rd, 2001, when the Out of The Blue Art Gallery had relocated to it's current location from Brookline Ave. Their performance for Stone Soup marked the first for the venue in that location. They have not been back until now, though their act--mostly comprising of Wombat reading from his collected quotations and Sidewalk Sam reacting to each quote--has been perfromed for Charlie's Tap and the State House over the past ten years.

Wombat has made 45 books of compiled quotations, 35 of which has been published. 25 of his "Remarkable Remarks" books are stored in the John Cage Archive.

Wombat's ebook, Sayings for Sidewalk Sam, will be available as an ebook for Art Street Inc., which was established as a non-profit organizaion by the well known street performer Sidewalk Sam in 1991.

Art Street Inc.'s goal, as explained on the web site, is "to develop collaborative, participatory art programs with communities, government agencies, businesses, schools and non-profit organizations."

Visit the Art Street Inc. web site.
January 30th: Adam Thielker Features

Photo by Bill Perrault

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. Making his debut feature at Stone Soup will be Adam Thielker.

Raised in 1950's New York City by a mid-sized party of New York Artists, he has been living in New England ever since.

He has always written poetry, but usually threw it away because he didn't like it.

A few years back, he moved to the Boston area and began to read out at the Cantab, Out of The Blue, and in Newburyport with the Pow Wow River Poets.

He has published an artice in Orion magazine recently, but no poetry until now. Adam Thielker also makes his debut publication credit on the Stone Soup web site below with his sample poem.

The Freeze

Shake dead leaves and hush
Still in the deep earth cold roots
Under empty beds

Come down snow

Now dark comes too soon
And winter taps my window
But I will not turn

To your heart

Black trees sit black birds
Fly high dry white icy sky
Sing far off wind words

--Adam Thielker


More Posting Soon

We at Stone Soup hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. Stone Soup has already started the new year with two well-received features. We apologize for not having posted any photos from past readers for some time. This will be rectified soon.

Stone Soup is looking for features to fill out the new year. A more detailed call will be sent out next week as well.

Please be sure to try and make it out to Stone Soup on Martin Luther King Day. Elizabeth Doran will read.