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Events Wed Jun 05 2013

Dethroning the Lizard King: Musician-Poet Reading @ Transistor

Rock musicians who also write poetry aren't always self-indulgent downers, says St. Louis musician-poet Ken Kase. Hence the title of the upcoming reading No Lizard Kings, featuring Kase and fellow musician-poets Larry O. Dean and Snežana Žabić.

"People tend to think of grandiose, depressing poetry like the stuff that Jim Morrison used to do," Kase says in the press release, and Dean agrees. "It's almost become a stereotype," Dean says. "Ken, Nana and I are doing something quite different. We're musicians who just happen to be writers."

The reading, happening Saturday, June 8 at 7:30pm at Transistor, 3819 N. Lincoln Ave.,
celebrates new releases from all three poets. Dean's Brief Nudity was published by the Ireland-based Salmon Poetry in February. Says Dean, the book is "concerned with the juxtaposition between elegy and also deals with popular culture's stranglehold on our collective unconscious."

Kase's debut, Seven Sonnets, features illustrations by St. Louis cartoonist John Blair Moore and is available for purchase as an ebook on Amazon. Žabić's Slovenian-English bilingual Po(jest)zija/Po(eat)ry is a collaboration with fellow feminist activist Ivana Percl. The poems are written in lyric, experimental and recipe formats with illustrations by comic book artist Dunja Jankovic.

The event is free and BYOB.

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