I was invited recently to an upcoming event at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, HEAVY AND LIGHT: An Evening of Songs, Conversation & Hope, which among many other talented acts, features a few readings from my favorite spoken word poet Anis Mojgani. I’ve had the opportunity to see him perform in Exeter, New Hampshire, and his delivery really blew me away. In an interview with The Spokesman Review back in 2007 he said, “What I feel separates spoken word from other forms is that there is little to no buffer between the artist, the art, and the audience. The artist has the opportunity to fully expose what they are and make themselves incredibly vulnerable, and directly to the people around them without any buffer of film or canvass or fiction or guitar; there’s only the free expression of what’s inside a person’s heart and opening that to a body of people.” Anis has the power to really connect with the audience in a direct way, weaving words and phrases in ways manage to be both intricate and approachable. His performances really are some of the best in spoken word, so if you’re in the area be sure to check it out, and let me know you’re going! Tickets are $19.00 and will include performances by Jon Foreman & Fiction Family, Anthony Raneri (of Bayside), Will Anderson (of Parachute), Now, Now, The Lone Bellow. View some of my favorite poems of his after the jump.