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spacer.gif   October 30: Exquisite: A Series of Corpses at St. Paul's Cathedral
Posted by : cj on Monday, October 26, 2009 - 12:57 PM
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Poetry Gossip: Click On Headlines .
On Friday, October 30, 2009, St. Paul's Cathedral, 2215 W. North Ave, will present a very, very scary Halloween program indeed. Francesco Levato will be coming out of the Twilight Zone called the Poetry Center of Chicago to sponsor an "Exquisite Corpse" with his fledgling electronic press Plastique. It is the diabolical mission of Plastique to put an end to print publishing and publish books of poetry on some sort of credit card shaped memory chip that you have to plug into the back of your skull. It's Levato's own personal Plan 9 From Outer Space, but what happens when the electricity goes out? Another very scary person who will be haunting this event is clone-master Kristy Bowen, who will turn you into a pod person slash zombie that goes around eating other people's internet identities. Mmmm, domains! Mad rhapsodist Ray Bianchi will also appear and will most certainly make you crap in your Obama costume. Bianchi's evil plot is to transform the poetry scene into a "new Chicago school" of experimental gibberish, so there will most likely be some speaking in tongues at the church this Friday night. Bianchi says at ChicagoPostModernPoetry: "Chicago poetry is doing well except for the fact that the world's largest poetry organization, The Poetry Foundation, continues to violate the corpse that is Poetry Magazine." How necromantic.

Jacob Knabb will also be appearing for this poetry corpse fest; let's just hope that Rick Kogan doesn't show up as The Joker or there may be another bout of mud wrestling. Also on the bill is one of the biggest freaks of the Chicago Poetry Scene, Fred Sasaki of Gargantuan Magazine, who may ask you to organize and host a big event for the Printers Ball, but be forewarned he then will call you up on the phone and bark threats at you if you write stuff on your blog, and he will also allow a gang of It's Alive babies to put a bucket of pig's blood up in the rafters so that they can pull the rope while you are on stage. With all those millions of dollars at Dr. Evil's disposal, one would think he would at least pay for putting you through the Foundation's Fear Factor. But you won't even get a thank you from this Wizard of Oz.

Finally, the evening will be rounded off by other ghostly-faced poets, with a special appearance by the Adam's Family including all sorts of wives and relatives and others who have joined the cult of downtown nepotism and domination. All of this will take place on the altar of an actual church in front of Jesus Christ himself! Now that's what I call writing dangerously! I can't wait to review it.

Consider it Chicago's largest party for poets who think their farts don't stink. No costumes needed; just be yourself, it doesn't get any scarier than that. It all starts at 7 PM and admission is YOUR SOUL.

 
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