Poets in the Park: Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Reported by Maxwell Shapiro and edited by the Flatiron Hot! News Editorial Staff
This past Wednesday, Jivepoetic Droopist, Saroya Marsh and Jennifer Falu, poets from the Nuyorican Poets Café paid a visit to Madison Square Park. The themes of their poetry are urban life, public art, and green space. In the video below, watch Jivepoetic Droopist passionately recite a poem dedicated to his grandmother.
The Nuyorican Poets Café is a nonprofit organization founded in 1973 by Miguel Algarin and located in Alphabet City. According to the Madison Square Park website: “Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. A multicultural and multi-arts institution, the Cafe gives voice to a diverse group of rising poets, actors, filmmakers and musicians who have not yet found consistent havens for their work. The Cafe champions the use of poetry, jazz, theater, hip-hop and spoken word as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. Our community of spectators, artists and students is a reflection of New York City’s diverse population; Allen Ginsberg called the Cafe “the most integrated place on the planet.”