Language poets will sing duets with New Formalists; a pale-faced Saint Marks scenester will cheer on an elbow-patch academic as s/he belts out middle-period Pat Benatar.
Here's a shot from the last KPF in Hudson, NY. That's Rosangela Briscese, the Managing Director of the Ashbery Resource Center and Webmaster for the ARC website, on the right, along with Kenny "K9" Casanova, our karaoke DJ for the evening. Kenny was recently voted the "Number 1 Karaoke DJ in the Capital Region" by Capital Region Living magazine.
They are singing "Summer Lovin'" from the hit musical Grease.
That's Marion Wrenn, editor of Painted Bride Quarterly, as she belts out the Monkees' "Daydream Believer." This KPF took place at the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan. I love how they project the lyrics up on the screen. That's production values.
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That's Jen Hyde, who was a Pratt student when she first started helping us out with KPF events. She's singing a Madonna song with the KPF songbook in her arm. This KPF took place at the Four-Faced Liar, a bar in the West Village. She now runs Small Anchor Press in Brooklyn and is an excellent poet in her own right.
And this is invariably how KPF event ends--the last drunken stragglers, usually complete strangers, who come in wanting to sing karaoke. They are told that, in order to do this, they will first have to read a poem. In this case, a particularly hirsute young man drafted up a poem on the spot, read it, and then sang a soul song which this guest blogger cannot remember.