Between song and story and poem and monologue is the music of voice, the rhythm of voice, the melody of voice, the dissonance of voice — the urban voice, voice of the city, voice of its streets and alleyways, its gutters and cafes; the voice of the underclass and the bourgeoisie, academia and Bohemia; outlaws and establishment. Transgressive voices. Inventive voices. Voices seeping out tenement windows. Cracks in car windows. Voices in doorways. Rising from subways. Out of bookstores. Art galleries. Taverns. Even music, itself, is a voice, telling a story, setting a mood, telling a tale with its syntax of notes. Live music. Recorded music. Field recordings. Distinctions of genre dissolving as poets, writers, musicians find intriguingly new and ingenious voices.Read more
Love. Sex. Desire. Obsession. Smell the flowers while you can. Truth. Freedom. Justice. Anarchy. Poetry of love. Fiction of desire. Politics of sex. Dope. Music. Outlaw. Jazz. Smell the flowers while you can. Push the envelope. Transgress the status quo. Meat. Blood. Memory. Smell the flowers while you can. Nothing is as it seems. Even the flowers. Read more
Urban sounds. Urban vibes. Urban verse. Urban tribes. Urban Graffiti. Songs of the city. Past and present. Old and new. The city keeps singing. Los Angeles. New York. San Francisco. Watts. Amsterdam. Auckland. London. Toronto. Read more
Transgressive, discursive. Sex, desire, obsession, addiction. Poems, fictions, letters. Dialogues, monologues. Secrets. Dreams. Something old, something new. More than just the usual literary fare. Urban, ironic, sarcastic, sardonic, sometimes caustic. Allegorical. These poets, dream-weavers, memoirists, fictioneers, songwriters, storytellers, seek out new, unique vernacular to tell their particular narratives. Authentic, visceral, subversive, insurgent, real. As with any good story, poem, memoir, song — only through repeated listening does the myriad levels of meaning present themselves. Read more
Transgression. Pushing boundaries. Territories. At times, obliterating them. Sarah de Leeuw — poet and human geographer — examines and explores the territory of human sexuality in her excerpt from ‘Geographies of a Lover‘ from NeWest Press. Tsaurah Litzky celebrates her own sensual transgressions in her excerpt from the memoir, ‘Flasher’ from Audible Books. Ron Kolm invites various Unbearables to recite poems from his new book of poetry, Divine Comedy, from Fly By Night Press at A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery. Max Blagg recites an except “Mugshot” from his novel, ‘101 Nights’, at The Gershwin Hotel.