This weekend in Albuquerqe is the Poetry Slam competition to determine the members of the team who will go to the 2007 National Poetry Slam Championship in Austin, TX in August. I’m going to try to make the Albuquerque event. I want to see slam in action. It’s as much the performance as it is the poem.
In honor of slam events, which I imagine are gearing up all over the place, I challenge my writing community to do some slammin’. According to the What Exactly Is Poetry Slam FAQ, poetry slam is “the competitive art of performance poetry.”
The basic rules are:
- Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction;
- Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem, if the poet goes over, points will be deducted from the total score;
- The poet may not use props, costumes, or musical instruments;
Write a poem that you can perform in three minutes. Write several. Gather an audience–your family, loved one, cats, friends–and perform your poem. Or, perform it in your kitchen, alone, where you can really belt it out. If you want, write about it. Is poetry slam your cup of tea?