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Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

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Damian Rucci

Ken Quit Rock n’ Roll – A Poem by Damian Rucci

Ken Quit Rock n’ Roll

to take care of a baby
and a woman who was
tired of his shit

the kid’s grown now
off to college and Ken
hasn’t picked up a guitar since

but sometimes
in between cans of peas
and boxes of stuffing,
he remembers the sound

the thunder of a thousand hands clapping,
the dig of metal strings,
the sweat down the back of his neck
a chorus of screams is warmer
than any embrace.

But the job isn’t so bad,
sometimes he even finds peace
bailing his cardboard
while nodding his head
to the rhythm of breaking boxes

 

This poem also appears in Former Lives of Saints, a collection of poems by Damian Rucci and Ezhno Martin.

 

About the Poet:  Damian Rucci is a writer and poet from New Jersey whose work has previously appeared in Eunoia Review, Beatdom, Indiana Voice Journaland basements and coffee shops around the United States. He is the author of two chapbooks of poetry Tweet and Other Poems (Maverick Duck Press 2016) and A Symphony of Crows (Indigent Press 2015) as well as a split with Ezhno Martin Former Lives of Saints (EMP 2017). Damian founded the Poetry in the Port reading series and is the poetry editor at Blue Mountain Review.

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  TwitterFacebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

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Note From the Underground – A Poem by Damian Rucci

Note From the Underground

we are the afterglow—
captured echoes with sun tans
day drunk apocalyptos
peddling art for memories
we are the last burning cigarette
of modern day inconvenience
and we’re almost at the filter.

This poem also appears in Former Lives of Saints, a collection of poems by Damian Rucci and Ezhno Martin.

 

About the Poet:  Damian Rucci is a writer and poet from New Jersey whose work has previously appeared in Eunoia Review, Beatdom, Indiana Voice Journal and basements and coffee shops around the United States. He is the author of two chapbooks of poetry Tweet and Other Poems (Maverick Duck Press 2016) and A Symphony of Crows (Indigent Press 2015) as well as a split with Ezhno Martin Former Lives of Saints (EMP 2017). Damian founded the Poetry in the Port reading series and is the poetry editor at Blue Mountain Review.

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

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