Valery Oisteanu launches his new book of poems, "Perks in Purgatory" at Cornelia Street Cafe, on March 14, and at 5C Cultural Center & Cafe, on March 26.
"Perks in Purgatory is a juicy album filled with retinal snapshots from a slapstick apocalypse, a Mongolian cluster of dream scenarios, surreal encounters, and extraordinary events. Oisteanu's magnetic rhythms conjure telluric forces, twitchy little storms in the diaphragm. This Zen daddy trickster takes Gentle Reader on a whirlwind tour of the outer limits, endlessly spinning tales as old as Homer, as fresh as milk." - Max Blagg (poet, performer, editor of Bald Ego magazine)
"Valery's like a priest with a stopwatch, running through the world, consecrating everything. Valery "Poet-Philosopher-Extoller" Oisteanu lives in three centuries and nine continents at once. A savage and gifted raconteur, dream-cartographer and Zen Dada high priest, Oisteanu is an excellent tour guide through New Jersey, Bucharest and the Upper No-Mind. Valery Oisteanu is a tenured professor at the "Buddha University in space." - Sparrow (poet, author, performer)