Picks and Pans Review: Spoken Word

updated 08/02/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/02/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

MTV (Wed., July 28, 10 p.m. ET)


Welcome to the funky coffeehouse. MTV warps its Unplugged series, making it a rowdy reading for unfettered young poets, including barefoot Maggie Estep, goateed Edwin Torres and tattooed Henry Rollins.

They declaim works with such titles as "The Stupid Jerk I'm Obsessed With" and "Ode to MTV Unplugged." You may not admire their wordplay, but you will be impressed with their energy, showmanship and sheer gall—if anyone can make poetry cool, MTV can.

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