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Gigilo Poets Is Not New…(notes on the Poetry Brothel)

December 20, 2008

but this could be the absolute newest idea in poetry readings.  the Poetry Brothel is a place where “poets play “whores,” visitors play “johns”… but instead of physical intimacy, the poets offer the intimacy of their poetry by giving private, one-on-one readings in curtained-off areas.”

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OK, scholars, time to vet the deets:

  • on the one hand, the conceptualization of a regular event where the poet and audience can directly interact is AMAZING.  AWE-SOME.  and such an intimate concept would undoubtedly find a natural correlate in human sex and sexuality so no big whoop, right?
  • on the other hand, poets are slutty enough and we shouldn’t encourage this kind of behavior because then there will just be more dumb ugly poems about sexy stuff.
  • on the other hand, why not just do what you’re good at: enticing strangers into conversations which quickly turn lurid and then awkward.  yay academia, yay liquor:

“There just aren’t that many poetry readings where poets show a lot of cleavage,” said The Professor, otherwise known as [JMH], aged 43 and a real life professor at Manhattan’s New School. … “It’s kind of like the Weimar Republic without the Nazis. At two in the morning you have 20- or 30-year-olds lying all over the place reading poetry,” she said.

a professor from the New School would compare a poetry reading to a Nazi-free Weimar Republic.  in her defense the whole thing does seem to have a very Cabaret vibe.  and if you’re a cougar poet, just looking for a good time, then this is the audience for you:

“Many are young men with perhaps a secret interest in poems,” she murmured. “Just look at the menu. Get a recommendation. Or say you don’t care. Say: ‘I need poetry. I’m hungry.'”

so got it?  skanky poets: NOT new.  poets seeking intimate encounters with audience and actually getting it: new, new, new.  also: nazis?  both old and skanky.  yuk.

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