Theres no other way to say it: poet Derrick Brown kicks ass. Hes an action-adventure poet, swinging to the stage from the end of a vine with a ululating Tarzan yell and a ray gun in his belt. Well, not really, but the one thing you can expect from Browns multi-media poetry readings is the unexpected -- and that it will be the best night of poetry you can imagine.
A former paratrooper, gondolier, magician, and fired weatherman, Brown is bringing some of the worlds top-gun poets to the Traverse City Opera House stage on Saturday, Oct. 4 as part of his Junkyard Ghost Revival show that blends comedy, music and performance art with poetry.
Its more like a theater experience than a poetry reading, with everything planned out, Brown says by phone from his home in Venice, California.
Most of the poets who will be appearing are those I met at the National Poetry Slam in Madison, Wisconsin, he adds. Weve got a world champion on our team, who won slams in Munich and Paris. We decided that it would be better if we all got together and went on tour.