7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2011
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2011
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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2011
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2011
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2012
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
on July 4, 2012
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.
on March 18, 2015
I remember reading an interview where Mojgani mentioned being fond of Scott McCloud's book, "Understanding Comics". In that book McCloud covers what is, essentially, the six steps in any artistic process. Those steps, in order, include Idea, Form, Idiom, Structure, Craft, Surface. To completely understand what McCloud is talking about, I would encourage you to read the book (it's pretty great!). Anyway, whether he means to or not, I feel like Mojgani's poetry has a habit of revealing the very essence of those steps. Which I consider to be a trait of all great artists.
This has become my favorite collection of Anis Mojgani's. It is so well put together---with such careful thought as to which poem follows another---that it can't help but pull a reader toward the magic waiting on the next page. It's a collection that stays very true to itself (if that makes sense). I have found many favorites between these covers, but one need only read the title poem to understand how this book transports you to a warm sense of innocence and truth. When it's funny, it is also haunting; when it soothes you, it also wakes you; when solemnity arises, playfulness dances respectfully within.
I strive to write poetry of this caliber, and think many writers would benefit to simply sit down with this book on a Saturday afternoon and explore what it has to offer. You won't be disappointed.
on July 3, 2012
Like so many other people I came across Anis Mojgani randomly on the internet. I became quickly obsessed with his spoken word poetry starting with Shake the Dust, and then finding many more incredible poems like Milos. I then figured out that he works with this publishing company, Write Bloody, and that he has two books out. I was given Over the Anvil We Stretch for Christmas, and like this book it is also fantastic. The Feather Room holds something more to me though. I got to meet Anis some months back at a small college 6 hours away from where I live. I bought this book from him, and he signed it for me. As I find myself tripping over the amazing words written on each page I couldn't help but have flashbacks of his performance. He has such a vast and long range that every poem holds something different. The book holds poems with great pictures of nature, but then takes a quick turn for something tragic. As a college student it is so refreshing to find myself submerged in a fantastic modern take on poetry. I get slammed with so much classic poetry that finding these authors has really kept my faith in the poetry being produced in 2012. So to everyone who loves poetry. Please buy this for you will not be sorry, and please support small publishing. It is a dying art. Cheers.
on February 19, 2012
The poems in The Feather Room ache with nostalgia, they ache so fiercely that the reader will mistake this nostalgia as their own. Each story and every beautiful description will seem familiar, an echo of some distant memory or feeling pulled to the surface. There is a relatable sadness here that comes from reflecting on a journey you are not yet finished with. But within every moment of sadness or nostalgia in The Feather Room, there is an overwhelming sense of hope. Anis Mojgani crafts each poem as a hopeful exclamation that reflects on who you were and where you are, so you can feel your way forward.
This book is expertly pieced together by stories and characters that yearn for understanding and growth. It mirrors the life that searches for acceptance and self-assuredness and belief in the good to come. Mojgani's poetry always delivers beauty rife with longing and The Feather Room does so with fantastical elegance. This is a must read, as Mojgani always is.