Voices and Verses

National Poetry Month: “Wire” By Bucky Rea

The Houston poet reads a poem inspired by non-verbal communication.

Poet Bucky Rea

In this sound portrait, we meet poet Bucky Rea. He talks about his love of performing and staging poems, his shy and gregarious sides as a poet, and what poetry means to him. He reads his poem, "Wire."

Bucky Rea is founder of Invisible Lines, a troupe of poets who put other people’s poetry on stage. Shows have included the works of Robin Davidson, Debra Mathes, Salvador Macias, Samira Noorali, Alice Alsup, Savannah Blue, and Edgar Allan Poe. Rea graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1989. He has emceed poetry readings around town and served as Events Coordinator for the Houston Poetry Fest 2012-2014. From 2015-2016 he served on Frenetic Theater’s Artist Board. His work has been featured in three juried Fringe Festivals in Houston. He is co-host, along with Mike McGuire, of KPFT Radio's Living Art program.



Sometimes I run a wire through you so smiling you can't even feel it.
You must wake up the next morning,
look at the copper strands grown
from your belly, braided
at the base and knotted
so they won't slip all the way
all the way through.
You must feel like a tree
after a tornado looking down
your mottled bark at haystraws
blown through you,
like whistles through midnight,
or ticktocks through a bedroom wall.
Sometimes I tap that wire
to feel what your pulse is saying.


This poem is reprinted with permission of the author.

Music used: Mazurka in a minor, op. 17, no. 4 (excerpt) by Frédéric Chopin from Timothy Hester: The Classical 91.7 Sessions; Piano Sonata No. 1 (excerpt) by Kris Becker from Expansions; G-Force (excerpt) by Paola Prestini from Ian David Rosenbaum: Memory Palace

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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