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Posted on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 : 6:43 a.m.

Huge poetry event coming Monday: Elephant Engine High Dive Revival

By Jeff Kass

Friends! The 278th Wonder of the World has returned, under a brand new moniker. The Elephant Engine High Dive Revival is what Walt Whitman sounds like with the distortion turned up. The Sex Pistols with the distortion turned down.

Born to inspire, the Revival has engaged American audiences for the last three years with its trapeze of the soul, its tightwire acts of the mind. This year's carnival is the biggest ever, with a cast of international performance poetry champions who have graced stages from "The Tonight Show" to the House of Blues to San Quentin State Penitentiary.

Headlined by Derrick Brown (opening artist for The White Stripes and the Cold War Kids), Shira Erlichman (Pushcart Prize nominee and one woman band), Anis Mojgani (two-time Individual National Poetry Slam Champion), and Buddy Wakefield (two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion), the Revival engages crowds in a hilarious, moving, and uproarious verbal circus.

E-mail me at if you want to reserve tickets, which are selling fast. Don't sleep. You absolutely do not want to miss these mic-rockers!