All the men I might have loved
Have gone to Sirius
The Arts Café Mystic has presented poets and writers whose styles and substance cut a vast swatch of literary turf, but we have never had the like of C.S.E. Cooney. Award-winning poet, writer of fiction, singer-songwriter, performance-artist – here is a millennial child who rejects received genre restraints, while letting her wild talents hang out where they will. And here is an artist whose imagination and ethical sensibility dwell comfortably in fantasy, myth, and legend, as in the opening lines from her story poem “The Sea King’s Second Bride” which won the Rhysling Award...
From “Dogstar Men” by C.S.E. Cooney
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On a parallel artistic track, the multi-talented Cooney also makes music. Most recently she has formed the band Brimstone Rhine, which she fronts, performing her own songs. Her singing has a cabaret feel, but the lyrics she composes are like mini-operatic arias in the first-person voices of “women of Greek myth & legend as you’ve never heard before” – including Medea, Medusa, Alecto, Dido, Lysistrata, Calypso, and Circe, among others. Her music is eclectic, drawing on the blues, calypso, rock, cabaret, and what Cooney calls lit-hop. Brimstone Rhine is currently in the studio, hammering out its first CD “Alecto! Alecto!”
At the upcoming March 20th edition of The Arts Café Mystic, all of C.S.E. Cooney’s talents will be on display as she performs her poetry and fronts Brimstone Rhine. This could be fun!