At Monday’s reading after I finished with Bodies Made of Smoke, I read five of the Gentlemen poems (one of them, “Be Sweet”, is here). The Gentlemen project is where I took The Afghan Whigs album Gentlemen and reinterpreted each song with a poem. This particular chapbook took about a month to write. However, it was my first time reading them to a well lit room while sober and I wasn’t prepared for the kind of gut punching the poems did to me. Sometimes, you create art that looks at yourself really hard and you don’t realize the impact of it to you until you’ve allowed it time to breathe. Now I know what to expect when I read them. Now I’ll make myself a lot more ready when I do the entire chapbook as a feature. This one, “My Curse” is probably the only one I’m comfortable posting out of the five I read. After hearing the poem, you can also watch/listen to the song below the poem.
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