PLU Open Mic featuring Ian Monk
Hosted by JFMcG. Photos by Iris.
Once again proving that Paris doesn’t completely shut down in August, Paris Lit Up Open Mic was packed with great readers, a lively audience, six sacrificial virgins and a very special guest: Ian Monk. Our first round included Yannik dealing underground poetry papers on the sly, Elliot and his Choose Your Own Adventure Poem, Marie-Claire (V) first telling us to Buvez ce ver and then asking Où sont ces hommes ? After three years of being Paris Lit Up’s Top Model, we had to say goodbye to Beatrice and she sent us off with Kerouac’s September 16, 1961 coupled with Evan Knight’s For Beatrice Reading Kerouac’s September 16, 1961: What Spills. 🙁
There go the birds, flying west a moment.
Who’s going to ever know the world before it goes?
Gus pulled us up by our bootstraps with his guitar, Ernie (V) from Huston promised I’ll Fight Demons For You and her friend Maggie (V) showed us her Heart Is As Big As… People come and people go… and then James came back with his big black book from Kansas City! Closing out round one was Ian Monk reading from his English collection, Family Archeology.
Round two got going again with Ian Monk in his French version, reading from his latest collection, Là. As a dedication to Words in Winter (August edition), Zorro, Yuanye and Joy all performed a bit of Julius Caesar with a sword! Video proof here:
Following we had: Fred (V) from Cameroon doing some Stand-up comedy about Marijuana, Iris (taking lovely photos and) reading from Baudelaire‘s Fleurs de Mal and Feeling my Blues, Charlotte (V) dedicated A Wedding to her brother getting married, with The Megus, Why Spirits Move Like This and The Lifter (from Bradford). Thomas dedicated an Episode to the parting Bea, The Ring and the Willowette, David Sirois swooped in with Words About Silence and Moe Seager took us home with Prairie Home Companion Radio: You Kiss Shot Me Like a Bullet….
But that wasn’t all! After another alcoholic break, we came back for Hic Sunt Leones:
Shannon Cain did some auto-fiction sexual stories, Louisa (V) recited some of her play, 5 letters spell your name, Amel sang us a pretty song, Steve worked out some of his prose fragments on stage, Maggie spit, Ernie felt like a zebra in a room full of horses and Elliot felt Gratitude. As did we all for this long, long night of summer poetry.
Ian Monk was born near London, but now lives in Lille, where he works as a writer and translator. He has published books in English such as Family Archaeology and Writings for the Oulipo (Make Now), in French (Plouk Town and La Jeunesse de Mek-Ouyes (Cambourakis)), and even both N/S (with Frédéric Forte (Editions de l’Attente). He has also conceived an interactive game Prompts for Performa 2009, which has since been published as a set of cards by Kunstverein NY. When he has time, he appears with the rock group The Outsiders alongside Arnaud Mirland and Sébastion Lecabon. His most recent collection is Là (Cambourakis).