The inaugural issue of our new Tokyo Poetry Journal is about a month out. We have a great line up of poets and visual artists. TPJ is an English-language publication focused on the very rich poetry scene in Tokyo. The inaugural issue has a good number of original English poetry, but also original Japanese poetry. Our intent is that future issues will include and will at times focus on Japanese cross-over artists and Japanese language poetry in translation. Tokyo has a diverse arts scene, never exclusively Japanese and the English scene too includes and easily morphs into Japanese participation and language. It is all of the rich diversity of Tokyo that we wish to put on display. Yo sis-bro, TOPOJO!
Our journal launch party will take place on November 13, at Tokyo Salon, the basement of Las Chicas, Omotesando http://www.tokyo-club.net/tokyo-salon/. The event features spoken word of the poets along with live musical, improvised accompaniment.
Editor Emeritus Barbara Summerhawk is the Master of Ceremonies
Poetry and Stand-up Comedy by Spring Day
Musical guests from Drunk Poets See God Samm Bennett and Ken Shima
Shakuhachi performance by Christopher Yohmei Blasdell
Artwork by Josef Williamson
Special Guest: Frank Spignese
Keijiro Suga & Jeffrey Johnson
Published poets are invited to read their works from the issue on stage.
Doors open at 7:00, gig starts at 7:30.
3,000¥ at the door, includes 2 copies of the journal, a drink ticket, and the chance to hear your favorite poets read one or two of their published works in the debut issue.
I love poetry, not stiff formal, but accessible, experimental, original. Spoken Word, improvised with live musical accompaniment is such ...