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El Museo del Barrio’s new poetry series is called Spic Up! Speak Out!, which sounds to us like a clever way to defang an old slur. But Nuyorican poet Mariposa, a/k/a María Teresa Fernandez, admits that she’s not thrilled with it. “I would not have chosen this as the title of the series,” she says. “I prefer to think of the empowering acronym by Puerto Rican poet and playwright, Frank Perez. He states that S.P.I.C. stands for Special People of International Character.” Well, whatever. The point is to showcase urban poets while providing a platform for audience members to let loose on the mic.

Sat., March 15, 7 p.m., 2008

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