For Love of Poetry

By Robbie Perdue

Clays by Will Burden

Tobacco, bourbon
The shot’s late, but I don’t mind.
Fall in Tennessee.

Poetry offers us a chance to explore ideas and express our internal struggles while connecting with a larger community of readers. Through this powerful medium, we find solace, strength, understanding, and inspiration. In support of this art form, Feathers and Whiskey recently attended the North Carolina state finals of the national Poetry Out Loud competition.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

Poetry is for everyone, regardless of age or background. It has the power to move and uplift the soul, inspiring emotion and sparking creativity. It can help us explore our feelings, connect us to nature, and strengthen our understanding of the world. Even if we don’t quite understand all of the poetic nuances, we can still appreciate the beauty that lies within its words.


is a native North Carolinian who enjoys cooking, butchery, and is passionate about all things BBQ. He straddles two worlds as an IT professional and a farmer who loves heritage livestock and heirloom vegetables. His perfect day would be hunting deer, dove, or ducks then babysitting his smoker while watching the sunset over the blackwater of Lake Waccamaw.