Trasheteria

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Trasheteria by John Climenhage, 2002-2003 oil on panel 6"X 8"
Trasheteria by John Climenhage, 2002-2003 oil on panel 6″X 8″
Water Street, Peterborough (Your Ad Here) by John Climenhage, 2021 oil on panel 12" x 16"
Water Street, Peterborough (Your Ad Here) by John Climenhage, 2021 oil on panel 12″ x 16″

The Trasheteria closed in 2012 after 18 years as a nightclub. After that, it was painted red and became a burger joint called The Works for awhile and now is The Brickhouse Grill and Bar. On this site stood the 1825 Government House, the log dwelling and office of Peter Robinson, who assisted 2200 Irish immigrants in settling in Peterborough by the British Government, and whose name was given to the settlement. It once housed the Peterborough Club men’s club. Next to it is a strange building that seems to have no relationship to it.

Trasheteria

There is meaning in a name. /

You could find me
post-Piggy

hammered on ‘50’
quarts, double-fisting,

back against the black
wall of the impossibly dark

dancefloor, and
“dancing” quarts up, sliding

side to side,
head back,

giving it all
away― /

Remember I spit
on that bouncer

for turning you
away?

Me either. /

The founder’s
dead, the barkeeps

married with
children,

the university kids
of old

now years
deep in the breadlines― /

tequila and lager
metaphors are hard

unless you were there,
but if you’re still raw over the shutdown

let’s get our backs up
against that wall again, ring this bell-

wether, remove those doors
from those bathroom stalls

that now come standard
the build of new minds― /

Oh, I’d chain my past back
against that wall
for one more

endless
Friday
night /

the best thing a poem like this can feel like
is a hand stamp.

-JM
Last night at Trashateria


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