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where the entire crowd is quiet, completely engrossed. “People don’t write poetry to read [it] in a library or a classroom. They write poetry because they have something to say, and they want to go out and have fun,” Chet explains. The Romantics and the Bohemians wrote poems to impress girls and get drunk—exactly what Chet is trying to bring to Nashville. The poets who read at the events range from bartenders and ex-strippers to musicians and nationally recognized writers. It’s where the veneer between performer and listener disappears. “It’s another way for people to have fun, read, drink, and hopefully get laid.” Although they are closely connected, Chet’s poetry is not defined by “Poetry Sucks!.” It’s grounded in his personal identity, which has deep roots in the South, also known as “the id of the United States,” according to Chet. His poems contain conflict, love, violence, God, the South, and Nashville. They are couched in all that has happened in his life. “An American Prayer For the Second Coming” is about the Great Nashville Flood of 2010 and has been published in multiple literary journals. It’s also part of an anthology of poems and prose called Apoc-

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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...