Richard Peabody



NOTHING LIKE A COUNTRY BASSIST

Being a country bass player
must be the dullest
job in the world.

Just watch their hands.

Thump, thump
thump, thump
thump thump thump.

They spend their lives
lost in the glow of divas
or Nashville guitar wizards.

They get replaced by
rhythm machines and
keyboard tracks.

They're always the youngest
guy in the band

or the oldest.

What would happen if
you put 3-4 of them on stage

at the same time?

Who would be left to sweep up
and switch off the lights?





Richard Peabody, a prolific poet, fiction writer and editor, is an experienced teacher and important activist in the Washington, D.C., community of letters. He is editor of Gargoyle Magazine (founded in 1976), and has published a novella, two books of short stories, six books of poems, plus an e-book, and edited (or co-edited) sixteen anthologies including Mondo Barbie, Mondo Elvis, Conversations with Gore Vidal, A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation, and Kiss the Sky: Fiction and Poetry Starring Jimi Hendrix. Peabody teaches fiction writing for the Johns Hopkins Advanced Studies Program. You can find out more about him at www.gargoylemagazine.com or www.wikipedia.org.









                                    

 

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