Playing With Words: The Visual Poetry of Anatol Knotek

Fans of poetry and art will really dig the work of Anatol Knotek. His creations weave his words into work that is first and formost visual. While that’s nothing new in the art community, for poetry, it is a much needed breath of fresh air. Poetry is a dichotomy of rules and creativity, often at odds with one another. We are taught to be creative as possible with our words and with what we choose to spill forth onto paper, but when it comes to form, rhyme, and the visual, too many times is a format pushed on writers. Poetry can be expressed in so many ways, but very few of them are seen as acceptable and beautiful, especially to academics. Knotek’s work breaks the mold in some astonishing ways.

Your Week in Revelry

Poetry, Dubstep, and Freestyle Hip Hop

When: May 7, 5 pm
Where: Bar 13, 35 E. 13th St., 2nd Fl. (@ University Pl.), 10003

Watch aspiring poets and M.C's bust out slam poetry to dubstep and hip hop. Yep, you need to be there.

2012 Undead Music Festival

When: May 9, 6 pm
Where: (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. NYC

Undead Music Festival continues with Sex Mob, Vinicius Cantuaria, Yuka C. Honda, Elysian Fields, White Out. A non-brainer for Wednesday night. For tickets and more info click here.

Newspaper Blackout Poetry

In almost a week, tons of people will struggle to express just how they feel about one person. Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and like it or not, everyone is thinking just a little romantically. Soon, chocolates will be flying off of shelves and Hallmark will count their millions made in Valentine’s cards and Peanuts memorabilia. Valentine’s Day is easy for those with lovers who are satisfied with a practical box of candy or flowers or cards, or singles who can swoop in on February 15th and get all the chocolate they want on sale. However, some people expect to be romanced a little on Valentine’s Day. Who knew?

October Overdrive at 116

September may have been slammin', but October is even better at 116. There are events galore happening at this historic venue and there is a 2-for-1 happy hour every night until 9pm (even during events). Whether you're into LOLing, poetry readings, singing your socks off, or listening to others sing their socks off, there is an event (or two, or three...) for you at 116. Check out their stellar schedule of events below!

Mondays, 8pm

Gaslight Refueled

Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye at St. Mark's Church, Forty Years Later

“I can only play seven chords. It’s philosophical. I don’t want to be better than my fellow man.” -Patti Smith

Black Ice hosts One Mic, One Night for Youth Poets

After months of writing and preparing, the students of Woodrow Wilson Highschool are ready to present their spoken word pieces for their showcase at the IDEA Performing Arts Center in Camden, NJ. "One Mic, One Night" takes place on Friday, Febraury 11th from 7-9PM with a suggested $8 donation. The EducationWorks poetry group, led by Chase Vincent, is part of an after-school performing arts program. Aptly named "The Village," students meet weekly to develop their dance, acting, and writing skills.

Black Ice, of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, met with the students for their Feb 7th practice performances to share words and his journey to becoming the first poet signed to Def Jam records. The students then took the stage to share poetry about love, family life, mourning, and self-confidence. Black Ice praised the group for speaking on their personal experiences and encouraged them to memorize their work in order to bring new life and energy to their writing. Ice will also serve as the Emcee for "One Night, One Mic" this Friday.

Tom Waits writes poems on poetry/photo book about homelessness

Tom Waits has worked with photographer Michael O’Brien to release this illustrated poetry book. O'Brien has already worked with the singer before. He is the one who took the picture that is used as the Glitter and Doom cover. The book called Hard Ground will be released in next March.

It has been six years Tom Waits hasn't released any new record. However, he is quite hyperactive on many side projects.