Once again, the Austin Writers Roulette hit the scene with an energetic and fresh line up for our first show of 2013. Teresa Y. Roberson opened the show with her list of resolutions, but not the usual cliche of promises. One thing she resolved to do was send a medical book to conservative male politicians who don’t quite understand female anatomy and reproduction.

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Next up, Nelson Guda shared moving poetry snippets from his travels to such political hotspots as Kashmir, Rwanda and Kenya for his Enemies Project (enemiesproject.com).

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Awesmic City Cafe host, Anyah Dishon, briefly explained Austin’s newest holiday that she created, Awesmic City Day that was first celebrated on 12-12-12 in recognition of the “awesmic” benefits of the arts in Austin.Anyah (1024x788)

Singer-songwriter, Jack McCabe first read a poem about the OCCUPY movement then sang his original composition, “Occupy Your World,” followed by his catchy “The La La Song.” Special guest, Dana McBride, accompanied him.

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During his segment, Jaime Torres, first played his original composition on guitar while an image of a picture that he took was projected.  Superimposed on the image was a poem that expressed his experience of the dreamlike image. Jaime 2 (2) (1024x768)

The ever-rhythmic poetry train, Tbird, exuded a twisting stream of powerful images about her dream of a polar bear and the political ramifications involved with this majestic creature’s survival.

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Closing out the show in a foot-stomping, groovy spoken word was “The Strangest Brew” Thom. Although Thom has a penchant for changing his name, he brought the same musical improvisation that has made him famous in the Austin poetry scene. Anyah provided back up vocals while Jack and Dana provided guitar melodies.

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For our upcoming February 10th event, The Austin Writers Roulette presents “Cupid’s Naughty Secrets.”