“Acoustic Gig” — a poem by Robert Nisbet

January 14th, 2019






Acoustic Gig

Guitar has provenance:
American women, Baez, Mitchell,
lingered over thrumming strings,
hair flopped in absorption.

Dusk is nearing and at eight o’clock,
in the Farmers’ Arms, it will be
Martha’s first acoustic gig.
A few of evening’s sounds
(shoes loping, late vehicles,
grunts of camaraderie,
the rooks’ low roar from the churchyard)
spill and shuffle down the terrace and the hill,
towards twilight and its expectations.

The prospect takes her breath.
She may some time win cities’ tribute,
but for now, in the terrace, on this hill,
she just anticipates a thrill of sound, a frisson,
leaping from hand to string to hearing,
acoustic guitar in the Farmers,
eleventh of April, two thousand and twelve,
the real thing of it, the joy of gig.


by Robert Nisbet



This poem first appeared in Obsessed with Pipework (UK) 








Robert Nisbet.is a Welsh poet whose work has been published in roughly equal measures in Britain and the USA, in the latter case quite regularly inSan Pedro River Review, Red .River ReviewandPanoply, which made him one of its Editor’s Choice Featured Poets in their Fall 2017 issue



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4 comments on ““Acoustic Gig” — a poem by Robert Nisbet”

  1. As always, Robert, it is a pleasure to read your work. I enjoy your focus on acoustic music in this poem. All too often acoustic music is neglected.

  2. Robert … I enjoyed this poem very much. It brought back Joni Mitchell’s memory of “Hejira,” in 1976. It was jazz … with “Black Crow,” “Coyote,” and “Hejira.” Also her work with Mingus. I think people forget how great some of the people were playing acoustic guitar in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I went to college in Fayette, Mo. during that time. Someone would always bring along a guitar, and we would sing songs out on a road party by the MKT railroad tracks. Thanks for the detail and the memories. Best
    Wishes, Alan Yount

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