Poetry always seems to enjoy a little surge in popularity around Valentines Day. And why not? A few well done verses can be all you need to create a total swoon-fest. The poet Pablo Neruda would famously step off of airplanes to throngs of women throwing themselves at him—solely because of his poetry. This week, some of Baltimore’s own will share their lyrics and influences at a special “Love Gone Wrong” installment of Atomic Books’ poetry series. Not your usual Valentines Day fare, for sure—but perhaps just what the heart doctor ordered.
The evening will feature two beloved Baltimore troubadours: Caleb Stine and Arty Hill. Stine is hardworking, genuine, and unafraid to tell it like it is. Arty Hill has been packing the bars and dance floors with his unique brand of Modern Honky Tonk. A “a country songwriter of the first order,” his rockabilly style of writing is sure to have more than just a bit of heartbreak as an influence. So whether you’re hoping the poetry will get you feeling romantic, or are looking for some other lonely heats to commiserate with, these guys probably have at least a couple of tunes to help you out—rhyming couplet style.
This Writers Under the Influence event takes place Thursday, February 13 from 7pm-9PM. The event is free, and will be held at Atomic Books’ Eightbar 3620 Falls Rd in Baltimore. For more information, visit www.atomicbooks.com
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