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    Poetry brings ‘pleasure’ at Congress party

    After one successful night of poetry, music and hummus, the Aural Pleasure party is back for round two. What is Aural Pleasure? The welcoming of pleasing sounds into one’s ears. This event most definitely does that.

    The brainchild of UA creative writing graduate student and Sonora Review Editor-in-Chief Jake Levine, the Hotel Congress-hosted outdoor event is free of charge and slated to happen the first Thursday of each month. A mishmash of music and poetry, there is some aural pleasure and fun to be had.

    Although last month’s pleasure party was moved indoors due to weather, the events are regularly hosted in the Club Congress plaza — a delightful place, especially in the cooler autumn months. The last party boasted joint readings by Drew Krewer and Barbara Cully and Bo Mcguire and Richard Siken. Levine, the night’s host, introduced each poet with a personal anecdote of sorts, which only added to the personality of the night.

    The musical stylings of Sunny Italy and The IODS were also featured offering a nice break and time to chat between readings. Each event is set to feature an array of UA graduate-student poets and local musicians.

    This month’s line-up, while yet to be announced, will also feature some of the UA’s best and brightest, up-and-coming poets. Don’t let the stereotype of a boring poetry reading discourage you; there is plenty of fun to be had at the Aural Pleasure Party.

    The event, which happens before Thursday night’s Optimist Club, drew a notable crowd with a great energy. Hummus and falafel plates with pita were served to guests at the event.

    Food, booze and poetry — a beautiful mix. This is not your typical poetry reading. So why not stop by Hotel Congress on Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. grab a Schlitz or Miller High Life and sit back to enjoy some good company and good poetry at this month’s Aural Pleasure Party?

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