The Poetry Brothel of Kingston removes poetry from the world of academia and places it in the context of a turn-of-the-20th-century bordello. Each poet takes on a different character and is a decked out in lavish costumes. The characters present their poems from the stage. In true brothel fashion, audience members can request a one-on-one reading in a dark corner for $3. "It's more of a variety show, although the focus is on words. No one is being trafficked, words are being trafficked," says Brothel performer and Chronogram Poetry Editor Phillip Levine. In addition to the poetry performances, the event will feature belly dancers and live music. The Poetry Brothel will take place on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30pm at BSP Kingston. Poetry Brothel of Kingston proceeds support the rescue and educational efforts of The Blue Butterfly, which works with trafficked girls in Nepal. $10. (845) 481-5158.