Formento’s surregional verses convey the thrill and tragedy of New Orleans; the loss of a mentor-hero, second sight of the poet’s father in a dream, an animal inventory of Bayou Barataria, the joy of compost. CINEPLEX calls out the demons that terrorize our lives from the inside.
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Dennis Formento, poet and free-jazz/free-verse performer, lives in Slidell, LA with his wife, Patricia Hart. Hart is an artist, teacher, and yogini. Dennis is the founder of Surregional Press which published Ungulations: Ten Waves Under the Hoof, by Amy Trussell and A. di Michele, and Fattening Frogs for Snakes by John Sinclair. Dennis is known to sit in with the Ed Barrett Trio and the Frank Zappatistas of the New Orleans area. Catch them if you can. The sequence “Water” has been published as a limited edition hand made book by Red Mare Press and is also featured in Big Bridge #17. www.bigbridge.org Dennis’ latest crazy idea is to bring traditional Italian cantautore and tarantella traditions to New Orleans poetry, collaborating with dancer Nanette Ledet. Dennis organizes the New Orleans 100,000 Poets for Change readings. Join them for new friends and updates on poetry, music, and the arts in New Orleans: www.facebook.com/NewOtpc 100,000 Poets for Change Worldwide www.100tpc.org
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