The Poetry Brothel

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Poetry emerges from the stuffy atmosphere of academia and into a pseudo-bordello

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  • $24 for general admission (up to $32.49 value)

The Poetry Brothel

  • The Concept: A poetry reading set in a “bordello,” evoking the days when avant-garde artists sought refuge and tried new material in the houses of ill-repute of New Orleans and Paris
  • The Performers: A diverse roster of poets, both beginning and established, stand in for the bordello’s most traditional employees. They’re all introduced by the venue’s resident “madam”
  • Everything else: A cabaret-style atmosphere can often encompass full bars, live music, burlesque dancers, fortune tellers, and other artists

The Poetry Society of New York

Layers upon layers of press clippings—three from the New York Times, others from Ploughshares and Time Out—cling to The Poetry Society of New York, whose diverse projects and events in the name of poetic excellence can't help but attract attention. After all, this is the organization behind the New York City Poetry Festival, whose poets and poetry fans gather annually on Governor's Island to cite verse, hone imaginations, and pole-vault using nothing but giant quill pens.

The Poetry Society of New York also pilots Brothel Books, a small publisher aiming to "[b]ring orange groves to New York City" by printing epic, affecting work. The society's other programs include an ongoing reading series that's hosted poets well-known and obscure since 1978, an immersive theatrical experience called The Poetry Brothel, and a video literary journal. It's all in support of the organization's mission statement, whose three-item list of goals concludes with a simple promise: "to never bore you."

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