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POETRY SUCKS! FEAT. DALE RAY PHILLIPS, TJ JARRETT & MORE 

When: Sat., Aug. 24, 8 p.m. 2013
Poetry keeps on suckin’ on at Nashville’s best live verse series, and another edition rolls around to Dino’s this weekend. Headlining is Dale Ray Phillips, whose short story collection My People’s Waltz was published by W.W. Norton & Co. First sentence from his story “Why I’m Talking”: “My grandfather kept his floozy in a silver Airstream above the bend in the river where the dead crossed over.” One thing the world does not have too many of is poets who are also software developers. TJ Jarrett carries this rare dual title and does so with style — her poems have appeared all over the damn place, and her collection Zion won the Crab Orchard Open Competition this year. She’s joined by poet Ben Burr, whose terse style is evident in these lines from his Tumblr: “the heart / of america / is hard / to describe / we went / from farms / to factories / to fucked / we invented / more shit / to consume.” Fiction writer Will Miller, an instructor at Murray State, joins the fray, as does Joy Plunket, a member of Nashville band JP5, who will fittingly perform solo as JP1.
— Steve Haruch

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