NEW YORK, NY – April 27– The Poetry Society of New York is pleased to announce the fourth event of The Poetry Brothel’s Winter/Spring season at the historic Back Room Bar located at 102 Norfolk Street, nr. Delancy Street, New York, NY 10002. Complementary St. George gin, absinthe and whiskey will be served between 8-9pm. The Brothel is open from 8pm-1am.
The Poetry Brothel is an interactive poetry experience set up as a fin de siècle brothel in New Orleans/Paris. The evening also consists of live music, burlesque performances, vaudeville, fortune tellers and other related acts. This month’s theme is "Sakura”, which means cherry blossom in Japanese. After a long, harsh winter The Madame thought it only fitting to celebrate the warmth and softness of Spring. The evening will be filled with the fragrance of flowers, silks and satins. The Madame has gone to great effort to replicate the delicate beauty of a Geisha house in Kanazawa for the exclusive enjoyment of Poetry Brothel johns that request private readings.
The featured musical guest on 4/27 is Kagero (www.kagero.com) created in 2009; this Japanese Gypsy Rock band was inspired by classic rock n roll, jazz and world music. The featured entertainments are two of New York’s most lascivious burlesque dancers, Foxx Von Tempt and Poppy Tart. They will be performing a neo-geisha fusion routine that will, titilate inspire and delight. Our guest Emcee for the night will be veteran singer, actor and variety performer, David F. Slone, Esq.
The Madame and Tennessee Pink are also delighted to welcome their distinguished guest for the evening, Poet, Professor, Translator and Anthologist noted for his work in the field of ethnopoetics, Jerome Rothenberg.
Jerome Rothenberg is the author of over seventy books of poetry including Poland/1931 (1974), That Dada Strain (1983), New Selected Poems 1970-1985 (1986), Khurbn (1989), and most recently, The Case for Memory (2001) and A Book of Witness (2003). Describing his poetry career as "an ongoing attempt to reinterpret the poetic past from the point of view of the present," he has also edited seven major assemblages of traditional and contemporary poetry, including Technicians of the Sacred (1985), comprised of tribal and oral poetry from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, Revolution of the Word (1974), a collection of American experimental poetry between the two world wars and two volumes of Poems for the Millennium (1995, 1998), which won the Josephine Miles Award in 1996. In 1999 and again in 2001 he was a co-organizer of the People's Poetry Gathering, a three-day festival, under joint sponsorship by City Lore and Poet's House in New York City. Rothenberg was elected to the World Academy of Poetry (UNESCO) in 2001.
Charles Bernstein, Penn's Reagan Professor of English and Kelly Writers House regular, has said, "The significance of Jerome Rothenberg's animating spirit looms larger every year. ... [He] is the ultimate 'hyphenated' poet: critic-anthropologist-editor-anthologist-performer-teacher- translator, to each of which he brings an unbridled exuberance and an innovator's insistence on transforming a given state of affairs."
For more information or to purchase tickets online, please visit: http://www.thepoetrybrothel.com/events.html
For all inquiries or to book The Poetry Brothel for a private event: Contact Tayannah McQuillar at Tayannah@demimondepr.com
The Poetry Brothel is sponsored by: St. George Spirits