Oddball Show 6 5: Poets With Disabilities

unnamedFrom our friends at Oddball Magazine, Chad Parenteau offers a recording from the recent Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Recorded on May 2, 2015, the panel was hosted by Colin Killick of the Disability Policy Consortium and featured poets SOUP member Hannah Brown, Ryk McIntyre, Flatline Poetry member Lewis Reginald Morris and The Oddball Show’s own Jason Wright.

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Rap Flashback, May Edition

green cassette tape rap flashbackLadies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s time once again to journey into Hip Hop’s fabled past with the Rap Flashback, May Edition.  This month we feature Boogie Down Production’s ‘By All Means Necessary’, the Beastie Boys’ ‘Ill Communication’, and we wish Rap’s May babies a Happy Bornday.  We also remember Jay-Z and Solange’s elevator fight video and look at Allen Iverson as a Hip Hop flag-bearer.  It’s your Old School Hip Hop fix, always with a twist of Lime.

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InnerSpace: Joyous Poetry Lives in My Ear

Space @ www.JPLimeProductions.comI’m only human, but I think it’s a state of being that I forget about or deny sometimes as odd as that may sound. My mates, Scholar and Prof, mentioned that I should do this to really show the different sides of human nature, and hopefully this ‘space’ has caused you to think a little more about your inner space. So much happens in our daily activities and it’s so hard to express everything we want. This is where the poetry comes in for me; I can let my thoughts go along with the day and at the end maybe I’ll have something dope, but I’ll definitely feel better. This time I’ve offered a couple of poems from the cranial factory for your perusal, praise, or vilification. I definitely encourage you to try your own! You’ll find below issues of modern life and random associations, scents of money dope lines and candor. Also be prepared for varying hues of realism, buoyant optimism, and a dash of aggression. The poet thoroughly enjoyed putting these pieces together. Enjoy!


Pieces on paper

Money making me blinded knots and beats
Got plots intertwined thoughts covered in heat
Good fella disguise murder all in my speech
Revolted by rude displays and ravenous in the sheets
I’m plagued by the sentimental recording not for the weak
I’m blazing on fundamentals surpassing em with the speed
Combine no nfl combining life with the beat
Took timbos and daily drama and walk to my own creed
With pencil I found my dharma my demons getting released
Scrutinizing the human fell in love with the beast
Dehumanizing and feuding fell in love with the peace
It’s hard to come to decisions when your minds so weak
Takin time even harder when they find those chinks
Why we gotta have martyrs just to find those links
Rather communion over martinis, you can think on the drink…


Eleven Wishes

Granted eleven wishes I vowed to forever gift em been gifted since poltergeist and the mood is practice and listen was fishing for peace and quiet I realized you gotta get it now poems are fashioned in slaughter my skeptics the first exhibit
It’s mangoes and proper yupyup she love me she gotta get it I’m a motherfuckin beast I wanna all of it fuck a smidgen


Faith in my pen

I go in so open hearted my life’s in this track
Wish I did it more for her I know she’s hoping for that
In this fast forward culture it’s so hard to look back
And the hardest point of writing is we’re trenched in the past
But looking forward its just forewords epilogues and more prose
I need a little bit of volume when I work on the poem
Working from home is only dope when they ain’t at your door
I do it for the love and plus I’m nice as a mug
Always writing I be fighting just to shut the hell up
Cause there’s power in that silence … Ahh yeah
Oh baby but these words get bucks
Got em JP Lime branding on some grass roots tough
Word of the minute in their mouths so they wonder bout us
Went from the paper to the papers now they wanna be us
You wasn’t there when I was crying and my pride had me stuck
had to turn it all around and share to see what I’m worth


Living Breathing Poetry – Emilio Phoenicio

Screenshot_2015-05-18-19-41-19-1A few weeks ago at the Stone Soup Poetry Open Mic in Cambridge, MA  I had the pleasure of meeting an up and coming Greater Boston area poet by the name of Emilio Phoenicio. I watched him perform a few poems and found his reading style to be subdued yet charismatic, effortlessly painting vivid pictures with words without forcing the issue or going over the top. Emilio gives each piece exactly what it needs, utilizing a less is more approach to his performance style. In an age where many poets and musicians try to do much with their time at the mic, Emilio’s laid-back approach is both refreshing and calming. I was lucky enough to catch up with Emilio after his read and found him to be a very humble and intelligent guy.

When he mentioned that he had a poetry book coming out, I jumped at the opportunity to use this forum to help publicize his work in any way possible and after a few correspondences I’m happy to share with our readers two select poems from Living Breathing Poetry. For those interested in purchasing the book for the low cost of $10.00 + shipping and handling, Emilio asks that you contact him directly on his Facebook page or via email at  esarkis@hchc.edu.

Before we get to Emilio’s poems, namely “Living Breathing Poem” (from where the book itself borrows its name) and my afro“The Jigsaw”, let’s learn a little bit more about our feature poet. Mr. Phoenicio just completed his Master’s of Divinity at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology this past May. He describes himself as “a deeply spiritual person” who loves to both laugh and make others laugh as well. His humor however is not represented in his poetry, which he warns is much deeper and “more intense” than his oft-jovial demeanor. We’re also happy to report that he’s a self-proclaimed “lover of Boston sports,” always a positive in our humble opinion here at JP Lime Productions.

Emilio cares deeply for others and wishes to have an authentic impact on those he comes across in his daily travels. He notes that he discovered his talent with words in the past couple of years and couldn’t be more grateful for it.  Lastly, Emilio enjoys inward reflection and strongly believes it is a necessity for his own personal existence. With that in mind, please do yourself a favor and check out his poetry. Based on the following two selections as well as his live readings at Stone Soup, we’re confident that you’ll find his writing style to be honest, creative, powerful, vivid, and introspective; ambrosia for the mind and soul if you will. Enjoy.

Living Breathing Poem

I am not a poet. I m a living, breathing poem,
And my essence is poetry.
I surpass forms and metrics and genres—
You cannot categorize me.

I’m well-timed, yet I remain timeless like Eternity—
And I’m delivered impeccably.

I have not made meaning, but I continue to make meaning.
I’m a scene that is always unfolding.
I am profundity Incarnate.

I’m direct, yet I remain ambiguous.
I’m not to be analyzed, but actualized. I’m vision and application—
I am animation brought to life.

My audacity provokes thought that leads to action and revolution.
I occupy the intellect and make my way down into your soul.
My impression is indelible.

I don’t strike a chord. I strum a melody in you.
I evoke emotion that is hidden. Not known.
I stir, and I buffet, yet I’m calm.

I’m not impressionable—yet I grow more impressive.
I’m not a poet. I’m a living, breathing poem that was inspired
Before the foundations were laid.

While I was in the womb, I was brainstormed before birth.
The editing of time was for my growing and pruning—
I am the first, the rough, and the final draft.

I am not a poet. I am a living, breathing poem that is not spoken, But witnessed. I’m not to be taught.
I teach.

To some in the present,
And to those waiting for sustenance in the future,
I am inspiration. I will be imitated; I allow you to plagiarize,
But do not dare deface me. That is unforgivable blasphemy.

I am not a poet. I am a living, breathing poem;
When criticized, I grow more resilient in my defiance.
I’m the living, breathing pillar
That masses gather to find support in.

I’m a living, breathing tradition
To be passed down from generation to generation.
There’s no need to translate me—
I know the universal language.

I am not a poet. I am a living, breathing poem.
I do not spark the flame of change, but—
I am the wick in which the flame burns to enlighten.

I can neither be forgotten nor remembered.
I exist in memory eternal.

The Jigsaw

Due to one grand boredom,
How I more than willingly took the invitation,
To come and see nature in its purest and barest level of beauty.
The peaks and valleys posed many challenges,
From one to another,
But the reward for reaching the next was ever-giving,
Never resending.
No matter how far I had to push my spirit’s capacity
To its limits and beyond, to find resilience that was hidden,
For the dagger in my heart that had been the source
Of the brokenness would not be my undoing.
It has transformed into an Excalibur which needs no removal,
In which my strength would generate and secrete from.
The mountains that formed
Would be moved from the foot’s stomping,
Which would jolt the plates underneath to collide
And shift them from before me.
I would not even think to look at them
Through the rearview mirror, for they had passed.
I don’t wish to become a pillar of salt.

I notice the sun that is trying to hide behind the tree,
But it cannot camouflage itself.
It steals a glance at me, so I glance back.
We are caught in stare-down. The intensity grows.
Neither of us wants to back down.

But I know that night time is its reaper.
It will come to take him soon—only briefly,
For it is born again as it passes through the womb in the dusk.
My reaper has not yet come,
And I cannot return to the cocoon that pruned my beauty,
For I try on a casket for size.
I must admit I do find it cozy.
In a way it will form into a new cocoon
That will prepare me for greater things;
For I know my life to be questionable,
I want to know if it is answerable in this life.
I find that my rational will not allow me to comprehend. However— I do not submit.

For with each day that descends before me,
There will be a journey that leads to a missing piece,
That will help solve the jigsaw puzzle.


The Oddball Show #6 – Deflategate and The Wells Report


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Streamed Live on May 14th, the Oddballs discussed the DeflateGate controversy, including issues with commissioner Roger Goodell, problems with the Wells Report, and public perception of Tom Brady.  Did he or anyone actually cheat?  Is that the biggest issue here? And somehow all that lead to a discussion on drunk cab drivers and professional wrestling.  Is the NFL the new WWE?  Or are the Oddballs having a few too many beers for this particular cast?  You decide.  Click below to catch up on all the oddities.

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Roger Goodell Doesn’t Know His Ass From His Elbow

goodell stupid face 2It wasn’t supposed to be an angry week here for me at #JPLMagazine, this wasn’t supposed to be the topic of my column. I was going to write about Snoop Dogg and his new album, ‘BUSH’, complete with a happy tone, ‘Top 5’ lists, and good ole fashioned Hip Hop analysis. But then Monday had to go and happen. Informed by the Wells Report published last week, Roger Goodell handed down the most asinine punishment in NFL history, earning the appreciation of Patriots haters everywhere (and there are many) and the burning ire of us here at home. It has set the sports world and internet on fire, with supporters and detractors alike eager to lend their opinion. Among the issues for which the NFL will eventually have to answer is an investigative report containing a dramatic scarcity of evidence coupled with a punishment that is intended more as a statement than judicial consequence. It is an attempt by Goodell and the NFL to cover their asses, to make sense of an arbitrary punitive system that has already mangled its share of situations in the last twelve months. It is an attempt to pander to the Pats anti-fans, who have long decried the team’s winning ways while being forced to observe their perennial success from places like New Jersey. Above all, it is symptomatic of the haphazard way Goodell runs the league, a long fall from the consistency that his “iron fist” seemed to provide in the beginning of his tenure. I acknowledge my Patriots fandom openly and proudly, even to the point of admitting a certain level of bias (#TommyTerrific #InBillWeTrust). I love football even more though, and to watch Roger and his thugs crumble pieces of it on a yearly basis has been annoying enough, but you want to go after Tommy and my Pats without any actual evidence? Fuck that, Goodell must be stopped.

yee and wellsIt’s been a lively few days on the internet, full of memes, tiny bits of information mostly about text messages after the October Jets game, and verbal sparring between Brady’s agent Don Yee and Ted Wells. The four-letter network has the story on a nearly 24-hour loop like CNN with lost plane coverage and every NYC newspaper has their own take on a pun about being kicked in the balls. In the wake of the cacophony, though, quite a few writers have taken the occasion to respond with analytic, reasoned reporting, digging into the 243-page pile of dogshit to expose the faulty investigating and assumed guilt behind “more probably than not… had some general knowledge of…”. That’s the thing about a lack of evidence- its absence doesn’t mean you can just fill in the blanks in the court of public opinion but that is exactly the process going on in our sports media across the country. If everyone says that he did it enough in that tone that says, “come on, just admit it, you know he did”, an obnoxious tone that every Pats fan has no doubt encountered in the previous week/month/decade, then it actually becomes true, right? That’s the narrative on social and news media, an outside joke if such a thing were to exist, that it’s just the Pats getting caught for being the cheaters they are and we New England fans should stop complaining about it. You best believe that if this were happening to Aaron Rodgers the people of Green Bay would be storming Goodell’s castle. Which could have happened, by the way, give the star QB’s proclivity to play with illegally over-inflated balls.

Integrity of the Game, Preponderance of Evidence, and Pats haterism…READ ON…

Achievement- Work it Out

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The winds of change are coming again.  Just last week I was a gym teacher.  I thank the universe for my opportunity in physical education.  The five months I spent as a gym teacher truly made me appreciate the tremendous potential, capabilities, and glory of my own body and all bodies in general.  The human body is simply amazing. It does so many wonderfully simple and complex movements, but still with all its capacity for movement, agility, flexibility, strength, or what have you, the catalyst all starts in the same place… The mind. Whether you are the best athlete or a person who struggles to run, the beginning is in the brain.  Gym class verified a couple of things for me.  We all start in different places, that is true.  Some people are more talented than others, that is true as well.  We all can also learn to do a couple of things better if we try a little bit and practice patience, effort, and tolerance.

terrence roberts simple not easyThis is the moment in the article where I make a bit of a jump possibly so please bear with me.  I had the honor and extreme benefit today of being in the presence of Dr. Terrence Roberts.  He was a member of the Little Rock Nine and an integral part of our nation’s tumultuous relationship with race and equality.  I was definitely caught off guard by the lecturer and his presence in a Dorchester middle school auditorium this Tuesday morning on the way to art.  It was an easy enough decision to spend my planning and development hour on listening to intellect and courage in action.  Immediately you felt a tremendous sense of identity and high self-worth. It was amazing to have this wonderfully positive and powerful black man in the presence of our young black males especially, as well as all of our children.  His message was potent and simple.  Your mind is supremely powerful and it is all YOURS.

How are Dr. Roberts’ message and lessons in gym class linked? READ ON…

Stone Soup Open Mic: Prof

It’s Monday and that means it’s Stone Soup night at the the Out of the Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge, hosted by Chad Parenteau and Jason Wright.  At last week’s open mic each of the Lime boys read something different and Prof went with a couple verses from new material the guys are working on:

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Stone Soup Open Mic: Cowboy

The guys of JP Lime stopped by Stone Soup last Monday, even Cowboy was in attendance so we signed him up to read without him knowing:

The Stone Soup open mic takes place every Monday night at 8pm at the Out of the Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge, hosted by Chad Parenteau and Jason Wright.

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Stone Soup Open Mic: Space

When the Lime boys stopped by Stone Soup last Monday (every Monday night at 8pm at the Out of the Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge), Space dropped a couple pages of knowledge:

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