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Poets give props toTremont -- now in iambic pentameter!

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Visible Voice Books marks its first-month anniversary tonight with the start of a new poetry-reading series, The Lights Are On Upstairs, but It’s Nobody’s Poem. Local poets Mark S. Kuhar, Josh Gage, and Joanne Cornelius will recite cool pieces, while owner David Ferrante pours hot java. He hopes to make it a weekly gathering, if all goes well at tonight’s outing, which spotlights writers who’ll read up to five works apiece about living in the Tremont neighborhood. “This area is massively creative,” says Ferrante. “I knew there were a lot of artists in the area, but it seems like everyone here is working on something artsy -- whether it be writing or painting.”

The two-story Visible Voice opened on Valentine’s Day, a couple months after Ferrante shuttered the popular 84 Charing Cross store and relocated its rare- and old-book inventory. He’s since added poetry compilations by local writers to the shelves, and many of them are inspired by our city. Plus, adding readings to the store’s calendar makes sense, says Ferrante. “They have an edgy, urban, contemporary influence to go along with the store’s feel,” he says. “Only people in Cleveland would write like this.”
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., 2007

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