The Poetry Brothel

Neighborhood: Chelsea
Type of Place: Poetry

Description:
The Poetry Brothel is the first event of its kind to seduce New York City. A new and dreamlike twist on a poetry reading, The Poetry Brothel is foremost interested in the presentation of excellent, original literature. However, it is also an interactive performance art event based on the concept of a brothel. The "Madame" presents a rotating cast of this city's finest poets (both men and women) engaged in a night of surreal happenings, literary debauchery and private poetry readings. Here's how it works: The poets play "whores," visitors play "johns" (and are also encouraged to attend incognito!) but instead of physical intimacy, the poets offer the intimacy of their poetry by giving private, one-on-one readings in curtained-off areas. All of the resident "whores" are available for private readings at any time during the event (for a small fee). Of course, every good brothel needs a furtive "front" or cover business; ours is part saloon and part salon, offering a full bar (serving Le Tourment Vert absinthe all night!), blackjack table (played for prizes), tarot card readings, raffle tickets, live painting, one-on-one poetry consultations (bring your poems!), and live music, with performances from our poets, performers, and artists throughout the night. Each night "The Madame" will also introduce "the new girl," a featured reader who will delight the whole cast and cast of customers with a very special public performance.
  - Stephanie, 9/28/08


The Poetry Brothel
336 W. 37th St.
@ 8th/9th ave
New York, NY 10018
858-354-3730
Email
http://www.thepoetrybrothel.com
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