Two Poems by Stuart Gunter
Trivia Night: Columbus, Georgia
The prune comes from the plum tree.
Augusta, Maine is the easternmost capital in the United States.
Are you sure it’s Augusta, and not Portland?
the Irish fiddle player asks.
The dueling families in Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”
are the Montagues and Capulets.
The bar owner, calling the trivia questions:
One of the most overrated writers in the world, William Shakespeare.
I just don’t get it.
He informs me Pat Conroy has just died.
I go out to the van and cry.
The study of fossils is known as paleontology.
The fourth most populated city in the United States is Houston, Texas.
Five states border the Gulf of Mexico.
(The bartender was certain Georgia was one of them.)
Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida.
Saint Jude is patron saint of lost causes.
Yeast and sugar fermented together make alcohol.
I take a sip from the 16 oz. can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Corn is a type of grass.
And it was Saint Patrick drove all the snakes
out of Ireland.
for Stephan Said
Late on a pitch-black
hollow of a night, spirits
raising the hairs on the back
of the neck where the only
protection is to keep playing
howling fiddle music alone
in a wilderness when the ghosts
of old soldiers, slaves and tinkers
whisper to us like some malign
star, a passing breeze on the cheek.
Stuart Gunter lives in Schuyler, Virginia, and has been accepted into the MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University. His poems are forthcoming or have been published in Poet Lore, Hiram Poetry Review, Appalachian Journal, James Dickey Review, Cold Mountain Review, and Plume, among others.