It’s the last Friday of September and you know what that means…..poetry time!
Brooklyn, NY October 20th, 2006
Poem: Rafael Bueno
Shakuhachi: David Acevedo
The Buffalo have always been proud to have Bueno amongst our members. But “member” is to put it lightly. Bueno himself is well known in many activist circles between NYC and Central America for the last 40 years. A guiding force at many times and at all times just being himself. Bueno also took the Buffalo Readings in at Casa Del Sol back in our early days of 2002 in that hallowed now dark squatter turned gallery space in the middle of Mott Haven, Bronx where we had regular poetry readings for 3 years until Casa was closed down by both the riot police and a 30 minute later 4-alarm fire. In no way can I put into one short telling all the deeds & thoughts of Bueno in this short blurb, but if you’d like to read up on him, please do so here: http://www.bordersphere.com/new/rafael_bueno.htm. What I can tell you about Bueno is that whenever he is in NYC, you will find him at the core of the Buffalo: sitting in some room with us, eating, drinking, discussing philosophy, reading poetry, drawing up plans to over-turn the world. His importance to the Buffalo is impossible to fully explain but the most important part is very simple: amongst the Buffalo Poets Bueno is family, close kin and I’m delighted to hear his voice on this audio file and share it with you all: Bueno at the very last Buffalo Reading we did at the Rotisserie Gallery, October 20th, 2006.
Born out of the seedy underbelly of the poetry scene at the turn of the millennium – The Buffalo Poets, known for their unique energy and wit, began hosting open readings as a direct reaction to Slam Poetics and cookie cutter style poets found in New York City. Hailing originally from New York City, the Buffalo are composed of many artists throughout America including, but not limited to: Roger Kenny aka King Otho, Noah Levin, David Acevedo, Kevin Callahan, James Honzik, Michael “Molotov” Franklin, Shakuhachi Jon, the jazz band Flip, Brian Kenny and the infamous activist Rafael Bueno.