February 9: A night in red satin… and black velvet

Candles, chocolate, light jazz, wine, loads of ambiance… and a crooner in black velvet.

The Art Bar Love Lounge featured six of Toronto’s best romantic poets sharing their work.

(Photo by Pete de Lepper)

Priscila Uppal started off the night. Among her five collections of poetry are Live Coverage and Ontological Necessities, from Exile Editions. This year she will be releasing Successful Tragedies: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books) and Traumatology (Exile Editions). She is the Canadian Athletes poet-in-residence for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, and shared some of her sports themed poetry.

(Photo by Pete de Lepper)

Priscila was surprised at the musical intro by crooner Romeo Satin – I think she actually blushed.

(Photo by Stephen Humphrey)

Sandra Kasturi’s poetry collection The Animal Bridegroom has an introduction by Neil Gaiman, so she pretty much wins at life. She is currently working on another poetry collection Come Late to the Love of Birds, and two novels – one about a lady detective, and one a steampunk epic. Her poetry dazzled the room!

(Photo by Pete de Lepper)

Norm Cristofoli runs Coffeehouse.ca and Labour of Love. Due to his online bios being pretty ambiguous, Romeo Satin began his intro with a quick boogie, then rewrote the lyrics to Copacabana to feature Norm’s awesomeness. Norm’s piece “My Heart Goes Boom” was a highlight of the evening, with the entire crowd chanting along.

(Photo by Pete de Lepper)

David Silverberg is the Managing Editor of DigitalJournal.com and the Artistic Director and Founder of Toronto Poetry Slam.

(Photo by Pete de Lepper)

Romeo Satin and the “Rome-ettes” broke out the theme from Shaft for him. His love poem to “Eggnog” was incredibly dramatic and heartfelt.

(Photo by Pete de Lepper)

Lara Bozabalian is the author of four chapbooks, and her first full length collection The Cartographer’s Skin will be published by Piquant Press this month. She is the head of English at a public high school by day, and a member of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team by night. Her quietly intense poems were dreamy and riveting.

(Photo by Pete de Lepper)

Amanda Hiebert is an actor, writer, and slam poet. She likes roller coasters, peanut brittle, her grandfather’s laugh, old hats, and kissing cute boys. These are her muses. Luckily for those in the Art Bar Love Lounge, she also likes sharing her soul. Amanda read a series of poems showing how her relationships and heart have evolved over the years.

Thanks to everyone who came out, to the amazing open mic readers, and to Romeo Satin (aka Pelayo Matute) for the brilliantly stylish and hilarious musical introductions.

~ Cynthia

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