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Poetry Porno 

Wednesday, Nov 20 2013
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Using William Burroughs' cut-up technique to create Frankenstein texts out of a combination of her own writing and that of others, Dodie Bellamy published the now classic Cunt-Ups in 2001. The book is as interesting for its often-violent disembodiment of sex as it is for its inventive use of language, which Bellamy reworked after collaging the various source materials. Just released is the much-anticipated sequel, Cunt Norton, which takes the same process to a 1975 edition of The Norton Anthology of Poetry. In effect, Bellamy is subverting the patriarchal canon, rewriting the work of 33 of the book's authors — including the likes of Shakespeare and John Ashbery — whose works sound familiar ... but are unmistakably (and often hilariously) more full of lust and, ultimately, passion. Bellamy's readings are deadpan, but the material inspires an occasional burst of laughter; the combination of "serious work" and unbridled sexuality is a marriage of romance and pornography you're unlikely to encounter anywhere else.


Tue., Dec. 3, 7 p.m., 2013

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