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VERBALLY PENETRATED: An Evening with The Punany Poets ft. Ms. Night Lyfe and Mike Guinn

Houston Cast of The Punany Poets (l to r): Jessica Holter, Founder; Ms. Night Lyfe of Houston, and Mike "Mr. Humanity" Guinn of Dallas

Houston Cast of The Punany Poets (l to r): Jessica Holter, Founder; Ms. Night Lyfe of Houston, and Mike “Mr. Humanity” Guinn of Dallas

If you were an HBO subscriber during the 1990-2000’s, you were privvy to their performances.  They made up a large portion of the cast for the smash show “Real Sex“. This was considered by most to be a raunchy, extreme adult show, and in many aspects it was.  But there was also a learning element to it about healthy sexual relationships as explained in one of the interludes this night by Author/Activist, and Founder of the Punany Poets,  Jessica Holter


Author/Activist and Founder of The Punany Poets, Jessica Holter

“Sure, we are all about sex.  But we are on more than just an orgasm.  We want to teach you about healthy love, safe sex, intimacy, freedom.  And if you get one in, all right!” On Sunday night in Houston at the Red Cat Café, I got to see The Punany Poets live and in person.  And I do mean, LIVE. From beginning to end, this show is one of the best ‘mindgasms’ [my word] you will ever have.

Body art reads: “Good Love Is Hard to Find. AIDS is NOT”

At the onset, a talented artist with a gorgeous man as her canvas provided the backdrop during the entire performance with a powerful message in the art at the culmination that spoke of love, sex, and Aids painted over his entire body.  It was also displayed on the company’s exotic dancer Punany’s Pearl, who upon turning her silver spray-painted torso  away from us became a walking billboard of The Punany Poets Owner and Founder’s face; Jessica Holter. The entire black staging of the Red Cat’s platform was an excellent backdrop to the trio’s presentation of sight and sound so if you happen to catch them in an intimate setting, your senses are in for an extra special treat. Each woman is clad in beautiful lingerie and nose-bleed stilettoes oozing raw sexuality in their walk, talk and presentation.  Special shout out to Ms. NightLyfe who repped Houston to the Fullest! [and a thick chick! Woop! Woop!]. The ladies were all shades and sizes, and it was a beautiful display of the human body which should never be shameful to look at.  It is after all, God’s most perfect creation.

As the tour moves along the country, there are different participants by way of singers and guest poets. For this particular show, they had one of Dallas’ finest Spoken Word artists, Mike “Mr Humanity” Guinn whose delivery about sex, being bald, and the true desire to please a man was delivered with passion, sensuality, and at times a touch of humor.

Mike "Mr. Humanity" Guinn

Mike “Mr. Humanity” Guinn

After his bold proclamation to love his woman up and down every month of the year in his Calendar Love poem, The representative from YWCA of Houston proclaimed “I will never be able to look at a calendar the same way again!”  In a time where poetry has seemed to lean towards the degradation of a woman in sex it was very refreshing as a woman to hear a male poet’s command of the English language pain beautiful portraits of love, intimacy, and a woman’s imagery. Mike is considered the #1 Open Mic Promoter in the West, has held down a radio show on the internet for poets, is an accomplished author,having contributed to Jessica’s latest work: Punany: The Hip Hop Psalms III: The Onliner’s and is the Founder of the Dallas/Fort Worth National Poetry.  If you have ever heard his delivery outside of this event, you know that he brought the passion and fire.  It also helped that he is one cute piece of Chocolate!  If you are in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, he holds down an incredible night of poetry 2 Sundays a month.

Mike Guinn

As mentioned above, joining their tour as a result of alive audition that brought the house down is Ms. Night Lyfe, who mastering the Eartha Kitt purr took us from one level to another in her prose about love and lust.  Her writing is strong and profound, as one of the poems about a crush on someone she wanted to love and make love to turned out to be herself brought a round of applause and cheers just as strong as those for intimacy one to another.

Ms. Night Lyfe was added to the company last year after impressing Jessica Holter in a live audition

Ms. Night Lyfe was added to the company last year after impressing Jessica Holter in a live audition

She was thickly beautiful in her blue lingerie, but it was her attitude and presence that heightened her appeal.  Totally unashamed of every curve she embraced herself and us lyrically and physically as she swayed, dipped, and glided us thru her sections of each set. Not merely one who can sling a group of words together, Ms. Night Lyfe has an MBA from Le Tourneau University, Bachelor of Science from Texas Wesleyan University and is pursuing a MA in Psychology from Texas Southern University.

This show is far from a sit back and observe event; in fact its appeal is largely due to audience participation.  They stop at different intervals and give room for participation thru expressions and communication. In the “Love Confessions” section, the audience was invited to come up and share about the love of our lives.  A gentleman from the audience came up and shared about his wife; how he loved her from the time he first saw her, their wedding in Vegas and how he cried when she walked the aisle.  He boldly stood and declared his love for her stating “you are all I ever needed and wanted. No other woman can do anything for me.  I don’t WANT any other woman doing anything else for me. You are my Queen for life”.  Not a dry eye or quiet voice in the house, I tell ya!. There were also expressions of love from woman to woman, friend to friend, and an interlude where guests were invited to come up on the stage and allow us to voyeur a PDA (Public Display of Affection) as they addressed how the black culture is not know for the freedom to indulge in it. In this session the wild card was thrown as the founder, Jessica Holter herself invited members of the audience to come up and show a PDA to her as well.  Needless to say, this interlude of couples engaged in unashamed affections totally brought the house down!

"Punany's Pearl" - Exotic Dancer

“Punany’s Pearl” – Exotic Dancer

As I said in the beginning, some have deemed The Punany Poets to be a totally raunchy, undisciplined group of erotic poets.  They are..and they are Not.  Raunchy yes, but only because they have no boundaries when it comes to sex and those who are restricted deem them so.  They speak of sex freely and no underlying topic is taboo. But when it comes to their poetry, they are intelligent gifted writers and some of the ones delivered were the best written pieces I have ever heard, erotic or not.  Even in the most sensual of prose they lend to your higher sense of sexuality just as much as the base carnal lust from one to another.  It was the perfect blend of blunt and metaphoric; even at times sweet, loving and tender.  The dancer was tastefully erotic while suggestive, even with the lap dance given to the lucky audience participant, and the music provided a very romantic backdrop.

The Punany Poets are strong educators in their shows.  Sure, you have scantily clad women and men, dancers, musicians, and participation, but they also fight for many causes and are supported along their tour by many reputable organizations.  As mentioned above, the YWCA of Houston came out and in the intermission taught some real truths about AIDS and safe sex that you don’t hear everywhere.  As well, there was an organization there called “The Wild” Program who works with displaced young women named .The night was filled with laughter and hormones, but at the end you left not only wanting to make love to your lover. You left with a renewed love for your own body and more education on how to take care of it; a freedom unleashed within to openly show the world that you love the one you are with; and a deep sense of respect for them as they have taken simple prose and turned it into an amazing educational tool while entertaining us to our fill.

Check for event and ticket information.

Check for event and ticket information.

HBO could only give you snippets.  You HAVE to go see them.  If you love Spoken Word, and if you are looking for that something extra; beyond the poet that is still wetting their chops on erotic poetry and is leaning more towards the offensive than affective? You need to go.  And don’t do to just sit and look.  Go and participate.  Feel free to laugh, and join in.  The more you do, the better the entire experience for you, your partner, and The Punany Poets. Be sure to get a VIP ticket as it comes with a free DVD: “Verbal Penetration”.  And wow.  And WOW backwards.  Excellent material! A $20 value within itself.

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In Rhythm and Blue,




Mike Guinn

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Houston’s’ Sexual “Healing”: The Punany Poets with Special Guest Michael Guinn Feb 3 at Red Cat Cafe!

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 On Sunday I will be blogging from Red Cat Jazz Cafe, where The Punany Poets will be performing!

The Punany Poets are hands down the best erotic/sexual health educators dressed as wordsmiths in the game.  The YWCA is teaming up with them for this show in an effort to heighten Sexual awareness regarding AIDS/HIV, while the Punany Poets will also lace it up with some Grown Folk Business by way of Sight [Dancers], Sound [Music], and Words [Poetry].

Here is the information below.  If you are in or close to Houston, You Don’t Want To Miss this. Come out and be entertained, educated, and also help those who help others.

In Rhythm and Blue



Hello friends in Houston,

Thanks you very much for agreeing to share The Punany Experience with me in Houston. I am emailing you now to update you on the events of the day.

First of all, I have taken into consideration that we will be together on Super Bowl Sunday, so I have changed the event time to 8:00pm to offer a little more time for you to prepare.

Pure Zen Massage Services and Accessories Boutique one of our sponsors will offer massage services through the event and will also give a massage demonstration to one of our lucky VIP Guests on stage! We are excited about having them and are already planning a Spa Day Performance for women in their beautiful Boutique on Mother’s Day! Ladies can register for that at the Show.

We are pleased to announce that YWCA Houston will be joining us on Sunday night. Their involvement with me is 3-fold:

1.      YWCA of Houston is a benefiting agency of AIDS WALK HOUSTON 2013 & The Punany Poets Primary mission is to promote Sexual Health. The will be registering walkers, and taking donations during the event.

2.      Lisa Milburn, Program Director will also be speaking on the Subject of HIV AIDS and dissemination Testing information and safer sex supplies, pamphlets and prizes!

3.      Finally, I support the efforts of the WILD Program. As some of you know I, Jessica Holter, grew up in the foster care system in Oakland, CA. I was raised by a woman from Longview, Texas. Mrs. O’Nick instilled in me many of the values I write about today. See “Momma’s Barren Hips” below. I invite and encourage you to help these young women as they age out of the system and into the world ad adults. The statistics on girls like me are staggering. Representatives from The WILD program will be present to offer you information about how you can help.


As Seen on HBO – Author, Activist Jessica Holter presents The Punany Experience on stage inside the Red Cat Jazz Cafe, 711 Franklin St, Downtown Houston, TX 77002, Sunday, February 3rd at 8:00pm. Come enjoy these gifted and talented storytellers and poets as their words are interpreted by music and dance. This interactive show in a unique blend of spoken word, comedy, music, dance and audience interaction that is all at once fantastic and familiar. Fresh and honest, this sensual production for adults only, also speaks to sexual health issues in this age of HIV, without being preachy or judgmental. The Punany Experience is one you will not soon forget, it will turn the pages of your mind making memories that can last a life time. Doors will open at 6:30pm, please arrive on time.



Red Cat Jazz Cafe
711 Franklin St
Downtown Houston, TX 77002
next to Historic Magnolia Brewery Building

DOORS OPEN: 7:00pm
SHOW TIME: 8:00pm
RUN TIME: 90 Minutes

*Please arrive on time, the show will begin and end on time.

I will be headlining the show; performing some classic and new material. My guest performers are:

Michael Guinn is a contributor to my anthology Punany: The Hip Hop Psalms III: The Onliner’s. This will be his second time performing with The Punany Poets. He hails form Dallas, Texas and is a powerful performer who represents the image of “The Black Man” as the strong, self-respecting, confident father and lover Black women know they can be.

 Ms. Night Lyfe did a live audience audition last year in Houston and really showed out for the crowd. She is very sensual and drips with that thing I look for in recruiting people for my productions. Her education is also apparent in her poetry. (Or, as my Momma would say, “That girl can turn a phrase.) She has an MBA from LeTourneau University, Bachelor of Science from Texas Wesleyan University and is pursuing a MA in Psychology from Texas Southern University.

This will be our first time at the Red Cat Jazz Cafe. In keeping with the Jazz tradition of this historic Houston venue, I have written live Jazz music into the show, when Punany dances with the Saxophone… magic happens!

Momma’s Barren Hips

we buried her real proper
in a royal purple dress
in honor of our momma

momma had big barren hips
lips of prophesy
and eyes with the sight

she found broken little chain links
welded them back together with hope
took care of us the best she could
with hardly anything one could call a formal degree
her texas pedigree
was all the education
she needed to stand

we were like black folks on the whole
lost children on the lamb
messed over and up, up and over
entirely dependent on missing fathers
(fathers who were missing) ,
and daddy sam’s economically twisted will

they didn’t understand us
didn’t respect us
didn’t appreciate us
and did care to

neither one of them.

our natural mothers
were lost to insanity’s insatiable desire
burning them in fires of worldly lust
and self indulgence
pharmaceutical drugs
leaving us one and all
by the wayside

but momma had a big strong back
she carried us to the light
planted her seeds in tender minds
built a home where happy, stable children
proudly washed the woodwork
spoke when spoken to, and then respectfully
treated antiques
dusted her prized chandelier
washed pressed and rolled her hair
and tried never to leave fingerprints on the mirrors
where are reflections grew more beautiful over time

she raised strangers to be family
against the odds so plain to see
in ghetto streets where
even Jesus had little power

no man knows the day or the hour
but when hers came we mourned
but delighted in what was surely to come
I see her now at God’s feet
proudly looking down on me
saying, “Lord that there is my gifted child!

kin is as kin loves
love is as love does
but respect is what the heart trusts

Our family union may have been
fostered by social workers
who don’t remember our names
but honor was an ancient African scroll
engraved on a southern momma’s soul

We tried to give back the love
the best way unwanted children could
until the sweet chariot
carried our momma home

By Jessica Holter for Speak the Unspeakable

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