Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Chick Magnets
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Who would have guessed that today’s poet, Thomas Moore of Brooksville, would run into Tom Brady at a poetry reading -- during the Patriots’ first home game, no less?
Chick Magnets by Thomas Moore
It’s the Patriots’ home opener and I’m at a poetry opening in Maine. The Pats are playing the Cincinnati Bengals, yet Tom Brady is here at the poetry reading! “Tom,” I say, “why aren’t you in Foxborough?”“Oh,” he says, “I’ve always liked poetry and I’m making seventy-two mil’ so I can do what I want— Coach Belichick isn’t too happy, though.”The poets read about Cranberry Island, mice in bread boxes, dragon-flies, Morocco, eating oysters in Grand Central Station, summer cottages, and, well, you know, the kind of stuff poets write about: heartbreak, and a lot of asters by the side of the road.“This Savory and James is good stuff,” says Tom after the reading. “Smoother than Bud Light, and being here is a lot easier than throwing passes” —his left knee twitches and lifts slightly— “or getting trashed by the Bengals’ defense. Plus, these poetry readings are real chick magnets— you and I are the only guys here!”
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2012 Thomas R. Moore. Reprinted from Chet Sawing, Fort Hemlock Press, 2012, by permission of Thomas R. Moore. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.