The poetry of Aaron Belz is almost like a Mitch Hedberg or Demetri Martin joke: one-liners with a slapsticky residue, legitimized by a tongue-in-cheek yet undeniable logic. It’s all in the delivery, and tonight Belz will be in Crown Heights to show us how it’s done for the release of his third book, Glitter Bomb (Persea). Hear his loving jabs at Laura Dern, Starbucks, the blue hotness of lady avatars, and palindromes as he justifies the presence of pop culture in poetry, proving that there’s beauty, or at least a lot of laughs, to be found in CGI movies and rampant unchecked capitalism — all those lovely American things. He’ll be joined by fellow bard Mike Topp, who has been described as “the Andy Warhol and Ralph Nader of literature,” and claims to get constantly mistaken for an Italian underwear model.
Fri., April 25, 7 p.m., 2014