Friday, 19 August 2011

A New Trend? (naked poets)

A calendar of naked male poets photographed by female photographers with poems by female writers - as reported in The Guardian and recommended by The Independent:

A naked male poet interviewed in Time Out:

An London-based film called "The Naked Poet (A Heart Divided)" which includes scenes of a male poet performing in the nude:

A facebook video of a naked male poet singing Karaoke at Bingo Master's Break Out in London:

Male poets fully disrobing to compete in the erotic category of the Glam Slam UK:

A male vegan poet performing in the nude at a Body Positive Art Show in Manchester: 

A new London act, who goes by the the artistic name of Nked Poet, performs poetry... naked - see short video:

A new tumblr blog specialises in "poets without clothes" (or shoes):

Were The Hairy Russian Poets, Gavin Geoffrey Dillard, Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whitman or even William Blake aware that they were setting such a long lasting precedent?

"Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed." (William Blake)
"A poem is a naked person... Some people say that I am a poet." (Bob Dylan) 
"The poet always stands naked before the world." (Allen Ginsberg)

Victor Hugo and several other poets and writers were known to get nude to deal with writer's block...

More Ginsberg:

Why do so many poets persist in wearing clothes still?