Pure Poetry #3: Anis Mojgani

Pure Poetry Week:

#1 – 2/23/2011 – Intro & Def Poetry Jam, by Riese
#2 – 2/23/2011 – Eileen Myles, by Carmen
#3 – 2/23/2011 – Anis Mojgani, by Crystal
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Anis Mojgani is a Portland-based poet who ignited my love for spoken word and poetry slams. He is a genius, he speaks with passion and honesty that makes my heart leap.

I find myself enamored with every word that tumbles out of Anis’ mouth, however there are 3 poems in particular that blow my mind: Direct Orders, Here I Am and Shake the Dust.

Watch Anis perform these poems below. You’ve been given a direct order to rock the fuck out.

Anis has also written two poetry collections, Over the Anvil We Stretch and The Feather Room.

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Crystal is Autostraddle's HR Director. She resides in Sydney, Australia, where she wears black clothing almost exclusively and listens to Green Day as enthusiastically as she did at 13.

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    Great choice. My favorite Anis Mojgani piece is “Milos”. “I’m unbuttoning my shirt/painting a circle over my heart./Please/just shoot straight.” And this man recites with feeling.

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    Anis performed at my college a couple of days ago and it was great. I had seen him on Youtube but in person he is so captivating. The auditorium was about 130 degrees and everyone stayed for two hours to hear him half-sing his poetry and make us laugh and cry.

    This makes me happy.

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