FlowPoetry: Head-Ended-Left-Sider-Fire-Man, #43
This is the first stanza of three of one of my train poems. Earlier, another train poem was published here, and was about a man who headed West out of Detroit on a steam engine. This one refers to one of the jobs a strong, young man could perhaps get on one of those steam trains. The title signifies the front (head-end) of the train, and the position (left-side) the coal-shoveler (fireman) would stand at as he tended the firebox and thus kept the train powered. This was a hard physical job and as you can imagine hot and dangerous. I hope you dig this ride over the Colorado Rockies and into the night. This poem was previously published in The University of Wisconsin Baraboo/Sauk City Spirit Lake Review. (https://spiritblogs.uwc.edu/
FlowPoetry is the originator of Jam Poetry. This is straight up spoken word performance. One man, one mic and poems and stories woven together reflecting themes of America and the music festival experience.
FlowPoetry has performed over 1100 shows in the USA with bands and as a solo poet and appeared at over 50 Midwest and East Coast Music and Arts festivals. He was honored as a finalist for the MNSWA “Urban Griot” International/National Performer of the year alongside Leonard Cohen and Saul Williams. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, FlowPoetry was selected by popular vote as one of Madison (Wisconsin) Magazine’s Best Spoken Word/Poetry Performers. He is a three-time finalist for Best Artist in the Annual Madison WI Area Music Awards.
In addition to his performances, FlowPoetry is featured prominently alongside Ken and Zane Kesey, Alex Grey, Wavy Gravy, and Nahko and Medicine For The People in the forthcoming documentary “Going Furthur” which chronicles the 50thAnniversary cross country tour of The Furthur Bus. He has published extensively on-line and in print.