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The St. Mark’s Bookshop Held Its ‘Last Party Ever,’ But Hey, Poetry Is Back!

If you missed Bob Holman’s reading at the St. Mark’s Bookshop (described as the soon-to-relocate shop’s “last party ever”), don’t worry, the whole thing is now on the Internet (you know, that thing that’s killing the bookstore?). Holman introduces his reading, accompanied by griot music, by reiterating the state of the “real live bookshop": “The word is, this is the last reading at this location,” he says. “But we have it from good source that the St. Mark’s Bookshop will reopen at a nearby location but it cannot be disclosed because it’s all fucking real estate and if you say it, it never happens, right?”
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Bob Holman Is Fighting the ‘Blazing, Blanding Branding’ of the Scene

Howl! Festival, Bob Holman

Holman is also an organizer of Howl! Festival. (Photo: Chris O. Cook)

Given his involvement with the No 7-Eleven campaign and the relaunch of the Bowery Poetry Club in a new location, the poet Bob Holman occupies the crossroads of several vectors of change on the Bowery. Not that that’s anything new for him: since the ’70s, in his various roles as coordinator of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, author, editor, emcee and archivist (among other things), Holman has perhaps done more than anybody else to foster and grow the Bowery’s long and storied oral poetry tradition.
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