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Poetry Sucks! A Night of Poetry, Music and All Sorts of Bad Language

When: Thu., Aug. 23, 8 p.m. 2012

From his Fortress of Suckitude deep below the city of Nashville, poet-rocker Chet Weise continues to run the city’s most kick-ass poetry night, now assembled in its eighth incarnation, “The El Loco All-Local Edition,” featuring performers of Middle Tennessee provenance. Some will don lesser-known alter egos — Jem Cohen of The Ettes will sing his own material, and Heath Haynes of the Hi-Dollars (often employed as Wanda Jackson’s backing band) will read poetry. Other poem-conjurers include Heather Foster (whose bio proclaims, “When [she] says ‘you’ in her poems, she means Dwight Yoakam”), author-of-eight-books/published-many-places Gaylord Brewer, and editor of the online Lyric: A Literary Chorus, Steele Campbell. Also on the bill: fictionist Amelia Garretson-Persans, who describes herself as “related to the North American bison scholar and advocate of 19th century fame, Martin S. Garretson, aka the Sinful Maverick,” which may or may not explain why she’s reading at a cash-only dive bar to a bunch of punks and ruffians.

Steve Haruch

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