52 minutes | Nov 17th 2019

S02E06 – Puma Perl

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NYC poet and impresario Puma Perla in conversation with Bernard Meisler.

photograph of Puma Perl by Len DeLessio

I’ve never met Puma Perl in real life. That is, I don’t recall having done so. But it seems as if we must have, as we know so many of the same people, and hung out at so many of the same spots on NYC’s Lower East Side, like the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe and Neither Nor. I was so surprised to find out that Miguel Pinero, the great Puerto Rican poet and mauvais garcon, was her brother-in-law that it didn’t even register the first time she said it! We also spoke of Martin Wong, Rick Van Valkenberg, Bimbo Rivas, Miguel Algarin and a host of the usual suspects. At around the 41-minute mark, Puma reads us some poems.

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