“Chimaera” a poem by Jaden Tabb


We are hybrid creatures.
Paupers and Princes,
Serfs and Kings.
We dine on gold,
Sleep in dirty sheets.
Counting quarters,
Driving cars.
Metal behemoths
With fire in their bellies,
Exploding them into the world
To the nearest McDonald’s.
We watch electric signals
Burst across a pane of glass,
Painting with colors more brilliant
Than the concrete world around,
While drinking two dollar beers.
We are lords of our own shit
Sitting on porcelain thrones
Devouring the world.
Are we more like gluttonous rulers
Gorging themselves at Royal feasts?
Or like the ravenous beasts
Starved of truth and fed with lies?


Jaden Tabb is a Fine Arts major studying graphic design at Middle Tennessee State University. He grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee. His other passions include reading, writing, illustrating, and playing guitar and bass, as well as studying history, philosophy, science, and a multitude of other subjects. Jaden’s goal as a writer is to connect with other people and bring them together through language.

Bronson Mahrt: “Trippin’ on Her”

With great thanks to Bronson Mahrt for supplying MTSU Creates‘ first post, we revisit his hometown band, Two Piece Dalmatian, to listen to “Trippin’ on Her”

Bronson is the writer, bass player, and singer for Two Piece Dalmatian, an OKC psych-pop band. “Stylistically, the group creates a sonic experience that fuses the rhythm based grooves of Hip-Hop and R&B with the cosmic and shimmering tones of both modern and classic psychedelia. …The group is best known for highly interactive and engaging shows that have been known to include a variety of exciting acts of showmanship. Fans generally expect to witness frontman Bronson Mahrt perform a variety eccentric stunts that range stage climbing to eating a handful of lit cigarettes. Two Piece Dalmatian is an excellent band to catch for those who are looking for a high energy pop group that certainly likes to get weird.” You can keep up with the group on Instagram and Twitter–@2piecedalmatian–or check out their Facebook page.

two piece dalmatian live.bronson