February 19th: Timothy Lagerstedt and Suzanne Masciarelli Feature

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery (located on 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge) with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On February 19th, Timothy Lagerstedt reads from a collection of one hundred poems published under the title of Bohemian Bongo Poetry, with Suzanne Masciarelli on accompanying percussion.

Bohemian Bongo Poetry is a collection of short stories with varied topics constructed using a verse pair rhyming format. Plot and character composition run wild inside this experiment in creativity conducted on the streets of Boston in an intentionally compressed time capsule.

Tim Lagerstedt is an active business partner in the information venture of TS Productions. Under the pen name of Timothy Carl, TS Productions published its first novel in 2003. A second novel and several children’s books are also in the works. Lagerstedt is a native of Brockton, Massachusetts, where he currently lives. He works full time as an electrical engineer supporting an automated manufacturing operation in South Boston.

Suzanne Masciarelli plays the bongo drums during the presentation aspect of Bohemian Bongo Poetry. Suzanne is an active business partner in the TS Productions operation, personifying the intrinsically creative manifestation captured in all of their products. Born and raised in the metro-west region of Massachusetts, Suzanne relocated to Brockton in the year 2000. She attained her Associates Degree at Massasoit Community College in Brockton and now works full time as an executive administrative assistant in the biomedical business. A sample from the book follows.

Chihuahua’s sandbox stands alone in the corner,
It has become her place of honor.

Trained to piddle just like a cat,
She must see the power in that.

No more trips outside in winter,
Frozen tail despite the sweater.

In the evening when guests abound,
And people gather to expound.

About the virtue of this sacred pet,
Who spared the rug and saves the vet.

Of surgery although not voluntary,
Will assure this dog remains solitary.

Won’t be required because she’s clean,
Although at times a bit obscene.

So turn your back and hold your hat,
Because this dog is going out back.