Relax here: Best New Poets 2009

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housingPoets convene tonight at 7pm at the Housing Works Bookstore Caf (126 Crosby St between E Houston and Prince Sts; 212-334-3324, housingworksbookstore.org) for an anthology brought to life. "Best New Poets 2009" features a slew of emerging writers under one roof, so you can glut yourself on an evening of wry metaphors and well-turned phrases—without ever having to leave your seat. This reading shows a more traditional side to the venue, which often entertains customers with literary quiz shows, street festivals and the occasional hypetastic musical performance. Some of the NYC poets tonight are still in the process of making names for themselves, but your willing ear is all the thanks they need. Proceeds from Housing Works are used to combat homelessness and AIDS/HIV in the city, so even though the reading is free, don't hesitate to hop over to the caf and browse the surrounding bookshelves. Because what's live poetry (even the best) without a steaming cup of tea?

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