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Allan Douglass Coleman in Performance:
"Quim" at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, January 14, 2006

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"Quim" is a suite of erotic poems, the earliest of which dates back to 1965. Many of them I've published and performed individually. Invited by filmmaker/choreographer Amy Greenfield to take part in and emcee an event on the theme of "Poetry & Sex" at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City's East Village on Saturday, January 14 (6-7:30), I decided to perform them as a a cohesive set, accompanied by projections of scanner images -- all of them quite sensual, some explicitly erotic -- by my accomplice, the Hong Kong artist Pink Haitun.

In addition to this, and Amy's presentation of some of her video work, the session included Nada Gordon, Gary Sullivan, Bonnie Dunn, and Kim Rosenfield, offering everything from poetry to memoir to belly-dance. Plus a special disembodied appearance by Dennis Hopper reading a Charles Simic poem. Click here for a PDF file of our invitational postcard.

Presently the full "Quim" suite consists of some two dozen poems. For this 20-minute set I settled on a selection of 15, projecting Pink Haitun's images and my texts via PowerPoint while performing the texts aloud. The video below, made by Charles Dennis, conveys something of the flavor of the moment.

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