Welcome to Poets Live. Founded in the 1980s, we are the oldest running anglophone poetry reading series in Paris. We offer an eclectic range of poetry, all styles and tastes, instream and outstream, from the anglophonie, from outside the anglophonie. We want poets visiting Paris to read, we want poets living in Paris to read. Our goal is to explore the breadth of modern anglophonic poetry.

Our events, held one Tuesday a month, are kindly hosted by Berkeley Books of Paris , 8, rue Casimir-Delavigne, 75006 Paris, Metro 0déon. We invite you to come early to browse the marvelous selection of literature available in this unique bookstore.

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An evening with Alberto Rigettini featuring Dante Alighieri

When: February 16, 2016 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

From the series “Whadda Hell ?!?” or “Divine Comedy for Dummies”, a new episode starring Dante Alighieri & Beatrice Portinari, Francesco Petrarca & Laura De Noves, Heloise & Abelard, Sir Lancelot & Guinevere. The pimp of the Poetry Brothel explains why it’s safer to pay for a love poem than to undertake a love story with a poet. An history of courtly love and literary sins from the 12th Century to nowadays. May you all burn in the flames of Hell!

Warning: contains Italian vernacular lyrics.

Alberto Rigettini, Italian, is a poet, playwright, screenwriter, poetry pimp and freak-show barker. He is host of “Spoken Word Paris”, the fight club “Writers Get Violent” and “The Poetry Brothel in Paris”. He has been awarded The Lorca in Translation Competition, the Troubadour International Poetry Prize and his writing is included in the anthology Strangers in Paris: New Writing Inspired by the City of Light. He is currently writing a poetry collection in 5 settings: London, Spain, Italy, U.S. and France.

Next Poets Live event at Berkeley Books: Jerome Rothenberg on March 8.

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