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"Anis Mojgani, Andrea Gibson, you and other young poets of their talent are the future of American poetry and frankly, that fills me with joy!" -- Thomas Lux, Guggenheim Fellow & recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book Split Horizons

"Mojgani is not your typical national poetry slam champion...The playfulness, startling originality, and lyric optimism are all gravy. He's simply the best there is right now." -- Taylor Mali, "The Last Time As We Are"

"Anis shook the dust off me and everyone else in the audience with the beauty of his words." -- Saul Williams, "Said the Shotgun to the Head”

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Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam. A Pushcart Prize Nominee and former resident of the Oregon Literary Arts Writer's-In-The-Schools program, Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, in the pages of RATTLE magazine, and alongside Laureates Ted Kooser and Billy Collins in Spoken Word Revolution Redux. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in a white pointy house in Portland OR, where he sometimes has a beard and sometimes does not

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935904744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935904748
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angela Jamerson on May 25, 2011
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This is 120 pages of poetic gold. Anis really knows his craft; he is a wordsmith to the extreme in that he can bend and shape collections of letters into meanings we never knew they could be. This, coupled with his amazing honesty, makes The Feather Room a book of poetry that I am sure people will be analyzing 200 years from now. Screw Byron, Anis is one of the greatest tortured poets you will ever read. In the form of poems about loss and heartbreak, Anis will pull you out of the long lines at Disneyland and strap you into a coaster that is headed where you know not.
This is an amazing collection, and it should be on the shelf of any self respecting poet or poetry lover. He tackles tough issues like Billy the Kid, and why poets are starting to hate the over used line break. Well, he only tackles one of those directly. Some of the poems in this book feel like they need to be screamed out from on top of a mountain, and some of them feel like they need to be read softly, alone, by just enough candlelight to see the page. Sure, every other poem is about feathers or birds--well, actually it's not, sorry bird loving people. This work is varied in its tones and subjects, all of them well placed.
I get the feeling that Anis writes like he recites. Slowly placed, carful words, each one aware of the next and the above, clear in their mission are interspaced with the fury of writing lightning in a thunderstorm.
This book will make you forget your hunger. This book will make you remember your love. This book will make you stop at various points of the day and stare at some insignificant little object for long periods of time. This book will give you wings. This book will make you magic. Buy this book.
Rachelanne Williams
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AGnj on May 22, 2011
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When I first learned about Anis Mojgani I only knew him as a spoken word poet. I have been hooked ever since I stumbled upon his TWLOHA performance of "Shake the Dust". Little did I know that his genius had been put to paper through actual written poetry. Well lucky for me just as I learned about his written poetry this beautiful piece of work was taking pre-orders! 'The Feather Room' takes you back to your childhood, allowing the reader to relive each moment with the same naive notions of days that have passed. Yet still has deep thought that would have the smartest of individuals ponder parts of their lives. My personal favorite was "Avignon." Overall amazing work. Must Have!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel McGinn on May 30, 2011
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The poems in this book are drop-dead gorgeous. I love the way Anis Mojgani can hold up even the darkest moment and find the light in it. Nobody else writes like this. The Feather Room is magic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Beck on July 7, 2011
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A truly touching, emotional, thought-provoking, and beautiful read.... I originally purchased this as a gift for a dear friend who first introduced me to Anis's performances on YouTube, and ended up reading it in full prior to gifting it. A tremendous example of a truly great talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elena on September 10, 2012
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Anis' work is a spiritual, aesthetic experience; it's poetry that will echo in your head for days. Sparse and effusive, both in perfect measure, this book unapologetically revels in what it means to be alive. Illustrations interspersed throughout the poems take the sensory experience of reading Anis' poetry to another level entirely. This book is soft, empowering, and feels somehow familiar, as infinitely reassuring as Gatsby's smile or the words of an old friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Robles on November 22, 2012
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While reading it from start to finish I thought to myself; How does one single person have enough creativity and passion in them to write so much poetry that is all unique, tells its own story, and doesn't get boring. How Anis manages to write such great poems astounds me. Fell in love with the book the second I read the short forward poem
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Anis Mojgani is a magician. When you read Anis' poems, reality feels as if it is suspended. He is a poet capable of holding entire planets in his hands, and treating them as gently as a new set of marbles. The Feather Room is a gorgeous book, one that fully encapsulates this gentle approach, sometimes reading like a lullaby from some far off place, or a bedtime story long forgotten. Mojgani is able to tell stories with his poems with a masterful, dream-like softness, pulling the reader in and far, far away, from the rooms mentioned in the introduction, to the fantasized, Americana induced conclusion to the collection, "Kookabura." Wherever Mojgani is taking you, it is somewhere worthwhile. The voice of this book is that of a child, full of imagination, curiosity, and optimism. He is able to portray the fragility of childhood, in all of its strangeness (as in "One Saturday Afternoon Before I Was Born,"), but is also able to bring out the sorrow that comes with leaving childhood, for example in the poem "The Grieving Room." But even in the midst of such tragedy, Mojgani is able to shake the frost from his ankles and keep going, while keeping his childhood present. This tender approach in which The Feather Room is written is what sets it apart from other modern works of poetry. American poetry has been steeped in cynicism and rage for too long, and with books like The Feather Room, Mojgani is just what we needed. Magic permeates from this book, and one can't help but being touched by it, like a cup of hot chocolate in the harshest winter, or the twilight of a summer evening. The Feather Room is a book that will warm you inside and out.
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