Back and blasted black with Italian sun, a return to hosting after a month away. And the performers never let us down.
Rekindling an old tradition, co-host Em read new upcoming poets from a new collection, Motherland, Fatherland, Homelandsexuals. Slam Champ Ethan confessed: “I am not naked, nor is she. We didn’t have sex last night”. Too bad! Australian Ben lost his signing virginity, although he says he famous on youtube. Can you find him? The Host with the Most Pigeon Mojo, David Leo Sirois, was a clandestine guest at PLU, disguised as a Naked Poet: don’t tell his boss! Moe Seager read Red. Antonia, always at the top of her game, recited That Hat They Bird (dedicated to Charlie Parker) and The Sky is Falling. Finally, our first special guest, Adeena Karasick di this (amongst other things):
Alternating between comedy and music, we started with David Jaggard from parisupdate.com, followed by Maria whose powerful opera voice stunned the audience. Ryan made fun of his own fears in a little stand up performance, Ray Knight busted some new rhymes. Missy spoke of a Recovering Alcoholic Pigeon, Lauren Hard – virgin – came from California, guitar in hand. Bibi sang a dedication to her brother, RIP. Finally Nicolas covered Boys Don’t Cry and everyone sang along. Our second featured performer, Milena, took to the stage and did a good 30 minute set, including this gem:
Hot international doubleheader this week at PLU Open Mic with New York poet Adeena Karsick and the indie sounds of Milena Elektra from Berlin. For everyone else, sign up starts around 20h. Read, sing, dance or just stand there looking serious.
Adeena Karasick is a New York based poet, performer, cultural theorist and media artist and the author of seven books of poetry and poetics. Writing at the intersection of Conceptualism and neo-Fluxus performatics, her urban, Jewish feminist mashups have been described as “electricity in language” (Nicole Brossard) and noted for their “cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory” (Charles Bernstein) “a twined virtuosity of mind and ear which leaves the reader deliciously lost in Karasick’s signature “syllabic labyrinth” (Craig Dworkin). Most recently is This Poem (Talonbooks, 2012) and The Medium is the Muse: Channeling Marshall McLuhan (NeoPoiesis Press, 2014). She teaches Literature, Critical Theory and Performance at Pratt in New York and is co-founding Director of KlezKanada Poetry Festival and Retreat. The “Adeena Karasick Archive” has just been established at Special Collections, Simon Fraser University.