Several local poets read the work of other poets since Anger Management took open submissions from all over the country, and many selected couldn’t be there.
But the crown goes to, without a doubt, Ms. Zarina Zabrisky. My words can’t give this woman justice. Let’s just say, with her colorful past and thick accent, acerbic writing skills and penchant for the dramatic, watching Zarina read is a full five-sense experience, like poetic IMAX, sucking you in in surround sound. Her accent can get too thick to hear what she is saying at times, and normally this would be a bad thing, but Zabrisky possesses such command of her audience when she is on stage, this isn’t a deterrent; you’d be captivated watching her gargle.
Of all the writers I know on the scene, the up-and-comers, myself included, I am predicting Zarina will be the first to breakout. This isn’t merely because she is a top-flight writer. I know a lot of top-flight writers (myself included). Zarina simply has…”that thing.”