Celebrated Belgian poet Philip Meersman makes a rare New York appearance to launch his new Three Rooms Press book, THIS IS BELGIAN CHOCOLATE. The 154 page collection of visual and narrative poetry features an image by famed Belgian artist René Magritte on the cover, and a wealth of provocative work inside. Willard Boh, author of Reading Visual Poetry, offered high praise for the book, noting, “Philip Meersman exemplifies the best of the new poetry and the new visual poetry. Endlessly inventive, creatively confrontational, eager to transgress—these qualities keep the reader perpetually off balance, which is to say perpetually alive.”
Also launching is book is notable Brooklyn-based painter and writer John S. Paul, whose Three Rooms Press book, SIGN LANGUAGE: A PAINTER’S NOTEBOOK” was recently raved about on CultureCatch.com, with artist/critic Bradley Rubinstein noting, “Paul documents the variety to be found in the overlooked, and this is what a painter does. His narratives are simple, concise stories from a man who practices his art both in public (sign writing) and private (painting), all the while keeping track of the moments when these activities happened. Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” but an unlived life is not worth examining. Paul has managed a high wire act, both exploring and documenting his existence with grace and poetry, and, like a good tightrope walker, has done it without a net. If these poems make that act look easy, it is because he has done it so well.”
Both poets will read from their books. John Paul will also have his work read by special guest Rosie Schaap, author of the recent success, DRINKING WITH MEN.
Both books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, between West 4th St. & Bleecker. Doors open 5:45 p.m.; show starts at 6. Admission is $8, which includes a drink.
The event will be webcast by Gander TV and will be streamed live and shown for later viewing at http://www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-3-rooms-press-monthly-1121-6pm-8pm