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he was ready to put music away, and instead decided to refine his writing skills. He commuted to Murray State University in Kentucky to attain his MFA, where he found his voice as a writer. His openness should not be confused with conceit. Chet adamantly claims that “Poetry Sucks!” is not starting anything new; it’s continuing a tradition. Chet knows that there are writers in Nashville—he just had trouble finding them at first. “I wanted to read poetry, and I wanted to hear poetry. There was no place for me to read around here. So I made a place.” After finding the right venue and audience, he decided to use his DIY roots to create “Poetry Sucks!.” The event certainly bears Chet Weise’s trademarks—a word of mouth following and a scarce internet presence. He tells me, “When you start doing things, it builds a momentum. When you start driving your wheels, you don’t know who the hitchhikers are going to be.” “Poetry Sucks!” is an outlet for people to collectively listen to and receive someone else’s words. Chet is a firm believer in the idea that “an artist never knows what they are saying until someone hears it.” More and more people are having social interaction through technology rather than face to face. Live poetry challenges people to stand together for a few minutes and listen to one another. What Chet initiated has completely obliterated people’s assumptions. “Poetry Sucks!” takes the highbrow out of the art form and abandons its relationship with academia. It’s a place for people to grow together, share language, and reach the common goal of human interaction. The series is like a rare concert

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Profile for Native

Native | February 2013 | Nashville, TN  

Featuring Nashville's Justin Townes Earle, Karoake Cab, Kangaroo Press, Poetry Sucks, Odessa Rose, The Stone Fox, No. 308, Chucklet and Hone...

Native | February 2013 | Nashville, TN  

Featuring Nashville's Justin Townes Earle, Karoake Cab, Kangaroo Press, Poetry Sucks, Odessa Rose, The Stone Fox, No. 308, Chucklet and Hone...