The Elephant Engine High Dive Revival cruised through Thursday night bringing along with it a whirlwind of words and wit that left the audience rethinking its existence. The troupe consists of poets Anis Mojgani, Derrick Brown, Shira Erlichman, Buddy Wakefield and Robbie Telfer.Their unique fusion of spoken word, music and even a hint of slapstick isn’t a performance that can be easily squeezed into one label. When asked to describe exactly what they are, Mojgani replied, “Not rock ‘n’ roll poets, but poets with rock ‘n’ roll poetry. We are excited to pump some life into people’s idea of poetry and create sort of rock ‘n’ roll poems. To create a different kind of spoken word experience that we feel, hopefully invigorates and empowers our audiences. We are just trying to get that message of what it means to own one own’s existence and be a part of humanity. We are just trying to inspire people in that regard.”This year marks the third incarnation of the Elephant Engine High Dive Revival.”Buddy, Derek and I have stayed with it since we started it with a couple of other poets,” Mojgani said. “This year, it’s the three of us with Shira and a rotating fifth member. Rob will be with us for two weeks then we will have a new member and then a new member. Essentially, this is our third tour but each year has been a little bit different.”USU was the third stop on this year’s tour.When asked what draws him to poetry, Telfer responded, “It always seemed like a place I could express myself. I’m not a musician, I’m not an actor, but it’s sort of a combination of the two.”Music and singing also played a huge role in the show with Mojgani providing the beats and background music.In regards to what makes good poetry, Wakefield said, “People are tired of tragedy. Everybody’s got a story. Don’t be self absorbed and think your stream of conscience is enough. If you want to give people something then give them the gift of your polished thoughts, your humor, your light and your good stuff.”
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