Saturday, October 1, 2011

100 Thousand Poets for (spare) Change: The Unbearables Rollo Whitehead Memorial Reading (pt. 2)

Okay, here are more pictures from the Unbearables' Rollo Whitehead Memorial reading for the big poetry event of September 24, 2011, 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Was there any other big poetry events that day? Could be, but nobody told me about them.  And even if there were, neither I nor these people were there at that particular time, they were at A Gathering of the Tribes on East. 3rd St. in NYC, reading and in some cases shmoozing with other poets.

In addition to the reading in memory of  the much memorialized Rollo Whitehead, some people were also celebrating Steve Dalachinsky's birthday and the anniversary of his Bar-mitzvah, and they weren't willing to do it quietly. After all, it's only once a year that Steve has a birthday, so why be quiet?

Anyway, there were a lot of poets there, they might have even outnumbered the number of people who were there to just listen. I wouldn't be surprised, since in the 21st Century poetry is no longer a popular medium except when it's in a rap or a pop song. I guess that's sort of sad, but that's the way things are. But just because an art form isn't popular doesn't mean it's not good. Popularity and quality are not synonyms. Just because it's not on the best-seller's list doesn't mean it's not good. It just means not as many people know about it.

 Anyway, there will be lots more photos coming over the next few days as I finish selecting and editing them. Check back often and you are sure to see something new.

And don't forget to check out the latest collection of unbearably good material from the Unbearables, The Unbearables Big Book of Sex, available from the publisher, Autonomedia as well as other places - such as the St. Mark's Bookshop, for those of you who are trying to help them do enough business to stay in business.


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