“Everything the Mouth Eats” features two half-brothers traveling to a capoeira festival. Brinkley uses his descriptions of them playing capoeira to undergird how one brother, the narrator, Eric, contrasts himself with his sibling as he reflects on their shared desires, their abusive father, and how each of them has lived with that shame.
“Twelve years ago, when I first came here, nobody knew what capoeira was,” Michaeli says. “Our first performance was just me and my dad, who was also my first student.”
“Capoeira brings out the bravery in everyone. It is a safe space where everyone can be themselves.”