Jeff Hamilton, emcee and Wash U literature professor
Tender was the night on Saturday, when patrons of The Royale
were treated to a Valentine's Day tongue bath of love poetry karaoke as part of the Observable Readings
With the bartenders softly placing empties into the trashcan like eggs into a basket, emcee and Washington University literature professor Jeff Hamilton offered a contemplative reading of Foreigner's "Hot Blooded."
Two young ladies read aloud -- from cell phones -- their own compositions. One couple riled the crowd with some ribald love limmericks. And Dwight Bitikofer, publisher of the Webster-Kirkwood Times
, gave a full-throated reading of excerpts from John Milton's "Il Penseroso
But profundity hung thickest in the air toward the close of the evening, when a woman recited, with masterful restraint, the lyrics to Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff
If you didn't get laid after love poetry karaoke, YOU dropped the ball.
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