Poetry and Roasted Nuts

Things do happen in Virginia. A small gathering at the VHC inspires…

Smells like cow shit, doesn’t it?

No, it’s fertilizer.

Fertilizer is cow shit! She says.


Amazes even me that the smell

of shit can be refreshing

as we gather like eager ants

awaiting poetry.


There is always weather

but words that alter and fester

aren’t noticed as easily

as heavy rains or warmer climates.


We ride in a caravan

in search of suitable picnic fair.

Beer. She says.

Yea, I can use a drink too, I reply.

10 miles of dark road later

we find a tavern


Smells like beer and cow shit,

I think to myself.

Ascending stairs lead to

a version of salvation,

late night bar food

and a fine ale on tap.


We feast

We drink

We laugh


yet we still have not

figured out how or why

Roasted Nuts

listed on the bar menu

became so relevant…





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About jthunt

After accepted into a prestigious creative writing program at the University of Delaware, Julie studied under the very talented poet and screenplay writer, Dr. Jeanne Walker. Walker, along with other UD professors, recognized Julie's raw talent and helped her learn the important elements of poetry writing. In 2001, upon graduation, Julie focused on expanding her talent in the technical writing field. She pursued positions in Pharma, Medical and Ad/Marketing fields thus furthering her experience in editing, proofreading and technical writing. Later, Julie chose to pursue freelance positions in the medical field, writing journal articles, pieces for pharma mags, and composing CME material. Alongside her freelance career, Julie makes her poetry writing a top priority. She has been featured in publications such as Poetry Speaks, Ascent Aspirations, Poetry Repairs, Caesura, New York Quarterly, and the Instigatorzine. Her newest venture, a full collection of her original work, called "Ever Changing" is due out by Winter 2011.

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