Poets Perform for Texas Book Festival Tonight

Anis Mojgani and Derrick Brown read at Lavazza Espressions

Poets Perform for Texas Book Festival Tonight

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to slam poetry, that thousand words could paint a dozen or more scenes, no sweat.

Tonight at Lavazza Espressions, you can bear witness to that miraculous transformation as Anis Mojgani and Derrick Brown perform their poetry. The event is presented by the Texas Book Festival and local publishing house Write Bloody Publishing. Admission is free, but if you mention TBF when ordering, 10% of the sales will be donated to the book festival.

Brown, a traveling poet and former paratrooper, is the president of Write Bloody, which was founded in 2004 and released this month Mojgani's collection titled Songs From Under the River. It's a bound volume of his early work and some new poems, prefaced by a thoughtful introduction by the author, now 35 and reflecting on more than a decade of writing slam poems – including two national Poetry Slam championships.

Some of the poems, like "Autobiography," are tiny, but others, those that more directly embody the spoken word movement, are full narrative arcs punctuated by heavy lines and all caps and quick-tempo stanzas, but they're all just attempts to put in print something that is practically sung when performed. Consonants click and clap in lyrical lines that bleed one into the next; a "3 HEADED GALUMPF" screams out from the page in 12-point font, but …

Simply put, these poems beg to be read aloud. And who better to do the honors than the author himself? Check out a teaser of the evening here.

Anis Mojgani and Derrick Brown perform live poetry at Lavazza Espressions (914 Congress) tonight at 8pm. Mention the Texas Book Festival when ordering to donate 10% of your sale to the fest.

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