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Meet Derrick the Dynamic. Enamored with David Copperfield’s disappearance of the Statue of Liberty on live TV, he dreamt of being the first Christian magician performing in Las Vegas. Then, war broke out. Final new episode of the Washington Post original docuseries "Throwback Thursday" is out today:
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Derrick C. Brown delivers the kind of poetry that reminds you how beautiful living can be. Case in point: His short film of spoken-word verse, “A Finger, Two Dots Then Me,” captures the profound beauty that can exist both in the mundane moments and the challenging ones. As the seven-minute piece crescendos, Brown reads a list of increasingly poignant “holy” things: “cows’ tongues,” “snow balls upside the head,” “sleeping during your uncle’s memorized dinner prayer,” “the day that you got to really speak to your father ‘cause the television broke,” “the day that your grandmother told you something meaningful ‘cause she was dying.”
Brown, a comedian as well as a poet, started writing poetry when he was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992. Today, he is president of Write Bloody Publishing, a press that focuses on work by poets who are also stage performers.