Poetry every night

In the last few days I’ve been poeting out. I went to Poets House, and Butler Library at Columbia, and a zillion bookstores, and found poetry in bathrooms and books laid out on the sidewalk; to Labyrinth Books for a reading from Literature from the Axis of Evil by Words Without Borders; and tonight I went to the Bowery Poetry Club for Urban Erotika, a monthly reading MCed by Mo Beasley.

My favorite performers tonight were Purple Haze and Stef, improvising during the “seduction” phase of the Urban Erotika Four Movements. Then the Universes, who you can catch tomorrow at Henry Street Settlement. (There will be an open mic and food for a late brunch.) And last but not least my 3rd favorite was in the “Raw” movement of the evening – Cake Cash. Her Raw was amazing, witty, and dirty-hot. Somehow, I can’t find her myspace, but I know she’s got one because Mo mentioned it.

It was a fabulous poetic pilgrimage for me. Now if I can get to the Nuyorican Cafe in the next few days, life will be great…

graffiti poem in bathroom stall - pedro pietri

I note that poetry is expensive in New York. 7 bucks for Poetry House. Labyrinth was free, luckily. And the Bowery Poetry Club quite expensive at $20! Yikes.

As you can see from the photo, even in the bathroom at the BPC, I found poetry – this one is by Pedro Pietri.

1 Comment so far

  1. Kathleen (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 2:22 am

    The Nuyorican is right by my place. Be sure to stop off at the coffee shop that’s on the same side of the street, just further east and closer to Avenue C. And there’s a great place for a slice on the corner of 3rd and C.

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