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Hello Poets, Join us for Poetry Night on February 20th and enjoy the poetry of Nathan Rudolph followed by Open Mic. Poets, lift your voices!

Third Thursdays, 630pm
Doylestown Bookshop
Featured Poet 
followed by Open Mic.


Nathan Rudolph

is an enigma trapped inside an everyday, friendly bloke. Roughly half the time, he frets about trivial things. The other half of the time, though, he has limitless dreams. And not just his own dreams; he has dreams for everyone. He would believe in your dreams too if you let him hear enough about them.

It is as likely as not that he loves to hear his own voice, but, depending on the day, you would love to hear his voice too. He wraps together contradictory things like math and poetry as if they flowed from the same fountain — and you can almost believe him.

He tries to see the good in everyone. He always seeks to add people to his patchwork family. Growing up with four brothers and, in his younger years, too many neighbors to count, he developed a strong sense of community — maybe even a strong need for community. Nathan dove into a couple catastrophes. He has never been ashamed to admit the hardship of his broken marriage, but he places great value on the growing power of adversity.

Nowadays, he is writing his novel while building a tutoring business and trying to keep up with his many hobbies.

Kill The Dark

I looked into the monster’s eyes.
He snarled. He drooled. He flashed his claws.
I measured up his massive size
And cowered ‘fore his jaws.

“Your life is mine,” he growled anon
With widened mouth and matted hairs.
“I’ll feed you to me wife and son
After we’ve said our prayers.”

I summoned all the wrath I could —
The fears of past, the dreads to come —
And so I struck before he would.
My pulse beat like a drum.

I raged against his dirty hide
With every evil I could name,
With curses I would ne’er abide
In any other frame.

While he had only meant to kill
And put a dinner on his plate,
I chose instead to drink the thrill
Of unimpeded hate.

And so I slew not him alone
But every love he ever bore:
His wife, his son, each beast he’d known
Until there were no more.

I afterwards surveyed my deed,
The havoc wreaked across the land.
Before you think that I was freed,
Let me before you stand.

The pools of blood embossed the place;
Each was a crimson looking glass.
When I bent down to see my face,
I saw what ne’er will pass.

Instead of face, I saw my soul:
A wretched, blackened, empty thing.
Where once I thought to kill the dark,
I had become its king.



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