04.13.2018

God Save The Poetry

Poetry is not dead, it just changed its language and moved to different places. Here’s where to look for it and find it

  • God Save The Poetry

Open mics, slams, readings, theatrical performances: poetry is alive and kicking, and it feeds on new rituals and unexpected places. Encouraged by a spirit of cultural revenge bordering on the world of hip hop and rap music, it is bringing its moderately subversive vibe beyond traditional spaces, finding freedom in improvisation and in the vagueness of the rhymes. Although most places devoted to poetry are below the radar, there are a few institutions that still aim at making a clear statement – “this is where poetry is made”.
 
Poetry Café, London
In 1909, the Poetry Society was born here with the aim of promoting and spreading the art of poetry. Today, the charity organization has over 4,000 members worldwide, a prestigious annual publication (The Poetry Review) and a rich program of readings, poetry performances, visual arts exhibitions, and concerts: a hybrid space in Covent Garden where the passion for poetry becomes an excuse for promoting all artistic languages.
 
Walden, Milano
Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s famous novel of the same name, this new space aims at being a cultural hub, a literary café, and a space for poetry, with plenty of events, bookshelves loaded with books from independent publishers, and a vegetarian bistrot.
 
Nuyorican, New York
Allen Ginsberg once defined this space in the East Village "the most integrated place on the planet". It was the year 1973 and the atmosphere, despite the time and location changes, has not changed: poetry still remains the voice of minorities, the most accessible and free form of language, exclusively resulting from talent and exercise. Jazz and hip hop music concerts, which share the same vocation, share the stage with poetry slams, open mic, open mics, and readings.
 
Café Poesie de Belleville, Parigi
In 2016, Rodrigo Ramis, a poet and a contemporary stage actor, founded this place with the desire to create an actual meeting place for humans, a unique and protected space in one of the districts that epitomize multiculturalism in the French capital. The program includes stage-less theatrical improvisation performances and poetry readings open to anyone willing to experiment and listen.
 
Bluecoat Poetry Café, Liverpool
Bluecoat is a center for contemporary arts in the heart of Liverpool, housed in an ancient UNESCO World Heritage building. In this place that has made the history of contemporary performing arts – it even hosted Yoko Ono’s first paid performance in 1967 - the Poetry Café is a space devoted to poetry and music performances and creative experimentation.
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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