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01/14/2013 08:11 am ET

Is Poetry The New Comedy?

In a room at the back of a dark, dank pub in East London a group of people are heckling a man with a microphone. “Two out of ten!” shouts someone; “seven out of ten!” shouts another as the room laughs. The man onstage could be a stand-up comedian being bothered by a rowdy audience. But this isn’t comedy – this is poetry.

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