September 18th: Mick Cusimano Features

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 September 18th, spoken word veteran, Stone Soup Poet and Squawk poet Mick Cuisamo features.

"Professor of Surrealism" Mick Cusimano has been a cartoonist, poet and filmmaker for many years. When he moved to Boston from Buffalo in 1984 he illustrated cartoon posters for the local poetry troupe the Underground Surrealists. Sitting in the audience at readings he caught the bug and began writing comic poetry himself. He helped form the poetry troupe Fire of Prometheus consisting of Billy Barnum, Kasara, and RU Outavit. The Fire performed atBoston University, Tufts, and in Toronto, Washington DC, and Paris. This group further evolved into the infamous Barnum and Buddah poetry Circus which consisted of up to 18 poets traveling and performing along the East coast.

Cusimano's 12 minute movie Poetry in the City featuring himself along with a dozen local poetscan sometimes be seen on CCTV. He also publishes the magazine Underground Surrealist and helps run Squawk Coffeehouse on Thursday nights.


Pyramids of condos line the desert of the town
Ruins of a culture spawned by electric sound
The expedition works its way to Harvard Square
Anachronistic figure in jeans over there
Stuck in the 60's like a car in the snow
Reliving old memories only he can know
His radio plays Hendrix wasn't it great back then?
Peace marches, deadheads and psycedelic zen
Now its computer games and the high tech blizzard
How can it compare to Jim Morrison's lizard?
The Magical Mystery tour has suddenly come to an end
Time can stand still only if you pretend
Is that the Maharishi or Tim Leary on the street?
He's moving closer
No it's the policeman on his beat
"Move along hipster Woodstock's now a pasture.
Get that software over to the office one step faster!"

--Mick Cusimano

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