Fant’s performance of spoken word poetry was as commanding as it was emotional. Before performing, he explained, he assesses an audience and conducts his performance accordingly. Elliot began his set with an extremely powerful, somewhat improvised, piece of slam poetry that radiated intensity. For Fant to captivate a liquored young crowd, he needed to deliver his verses with an edge – and so he did. As he referenced powerful social leaders and pointed out societal contradictions, he moved with authority. For his second piece, with the crowd now tuned in, Elliot delivered his movie-inspired poem “Like a Cinema” with the same gritty grace.