There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Jeffrey McDaniel is an East Coast poet (D.C., Philly, N.Y.), so why the hell he’s out in L.A. is a mystery to me. But he’s getting good press. The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote, “At 31, he already is an accomplished poet” who “spews humorous, surreal monologues mixed with old school poetry written in couplets.” Rain Taxi describes his new book, The Forgiveness Parade, as “playful, startling, and breezy at its best” and “worth opening—and wide.” But we here on the East Coast know the truth about this prodigal poet. We know the Jeff McDaniel who would rip off his shirt during readings and incite riots against himself (“Down with Jeff! Down with Jeff”). And let’s not forget the poetry/video performance piece at Central Armature with the infamous masturbation face scene filmed in tight closeup. So McDaniel may have gone west and cleaned up his act, but those of us from back in the day—Black Cat regulars, slam team poets, WritersCorps crew, Nuyorican heads—know the real deal. It’s about time he came home. McDaniel takes the mike along with poet Cindy Goff at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960; and joins Kenneth Carroll and Jose Padua at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Borders, 18th & L Sts. NW. Free. (202) 466-4999. (Holly Bass)