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Wanted: Poetry Haters

When: Wed., April 13 2011

Prolific Cleveland poet Vladimir Swirynsky launches his book-signing tour at 7 p.m. tonight at Mac's Backs, where he will be reading from his newest book, Du Beau Hostel: Arizona and Other Poems. The self-described "last of the romantic poets" says he was normal until he turned 45 and was swept away by the music, sights, and energy of Mardi Gras. In the 18 years since, he's published 13 books of poetry, snagged numerous awards, and competed in local, regional, and national poetry slams. At this point, Swirynsky says his favorite audiences are people who hate poetry. "If you think you'll have a terrible time, please come. I deliver. I'm not a phony, and I won't leave a bad taste in your mouth." Tonight you'll find Swirynsky at 1820 Coventry Rd. in Cleveland Heights, where he'll be joined by fellow poet Brian Taylor and an open-mic session focused on the works of Daniel Thompson; for more info, call 216-321-BOOK or visit macsbacks.com. Should you then find you've developed a taste for Swirynsky, you can snag a second helping at the Lakewood Public Library on April 23, when he promises to demonstrate "once and for all" the meaning of metaphor. For more info on that event, check out the calender at lakewoodpubliclibrary.com. — Cicora

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