OCTOBER'S FIFTH SPECIAL FEATURE
By Gerald A. McBreen and Brendan McBreen
Are you ready for some football-speak poetry?
I’m meaning mixing definitions. Hitting the goal post head on without a
helmet. Producing a kind of poetic license interpretation. The cracked egg after affect would look like this.
Quarterback sneak: Someone who reads at an open mic first and then slips
away without hearing anyone else.
False start: A detailed explanation of the poem about to be read.
Two-minute warning: A contest judge sitting in the front row, peeking at his
watch in full view of the poet.
Touch back: When someone uses a line from your poem and gives you
Blocking: Talking in a loud voice while someone else is reading.
Bench warmer: A poet who shows up but doesn’t read at an open mic.
Instant replay: Your poem is so well received you are asked to read it again.
Fumble: Reciting without notes and forgetting the lines.
Touchdown: When you get a chapbook published.
Forward pass: Using poetry readings as a dating service.
Pass interference: When someone’s cell phone goes off during a reading.
Illegal motion: See quarterback sneak.
Extra point: What you receive when you are asked to be a featured reader.
(First published in Northern Stars in 2012)