Poem: “The Savage Summer”

This poem is a brief departure from my normal work, which puts an emphasis on humor and grand metaphors. Instead, this poem chronicles the strange adventures I had two summers ago in Germany. I was 16 years old and experiencing a new country. I wrote most of this either while in Germany or afterwards. Only recently did I write newer material and mesh it with older lines to create this patchwork poem. Leave your thoughts below. I hope you enjoy.


About Derek Berry

Derek Berry is a novelist and spoken word poet. Derek is the author of Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). He co-founded and organizes The Unspoken Word, a literary non-profit based out of Charleston, SC, which provides an intendent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is on the Executive Board of the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. His work has appeared in The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, and other journals.He has performed in venues across the United States and Germany. He has worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. He currently works at a curation facility for Cold War History.

Posted on December 28, 2011, in Poems, Poetry, Teenagers, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. belleofmountains

    Impressive and electrifying! Well written…and well performed!


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