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Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry
     

Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry

by Gary Glazner
 

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Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry documents the first ten years of this cultural phenomenon with details on slam history and rules, hosting your own slam, winning strategies, tips for memorization, crafting group pieces, and other informative essays, as well as 100 of the best slam-winning poems ever.

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Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry documents the first ten years of this cultural phenomenon with details on slam history and rules, hosting your own slam, winning strategies, tips for memorization, crafting group pieces, and other informative essays, as well as 100 of the best slam-winning poems ever.

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"Poems ask only that they be heard, which is the purpose of the slam," Bob Holman says. It has been ten years since Glazner produced the first National Poetry Slam (perhaps best described as a competitive reading), but many poetry enthusiasts remain virtually unaware of the phenomenon. This volume collects an assortment of slam poems and articles about the slams (setting up, judging, becoming participants, and group pieces). Some articles, such as Lisa Martinovic on using props or Daniel S. Solis on slam aesthetics and strategy, are elemental but extremely useful, while Patricia Smith's brilliant piece on persona poetry adds little to the concept of the slam. Adding to the confusion is the growth of the audience for slams and the broadening of their scope to include many poets published by the academy. Are these the same poets whose poems work perfectly well on the page and would not readily be labeled "performance" poetry? Contributors' notes would have been useful. "Good slamming starts with good writing," Solis states, although at times the material here seems closer to stand-up comedy. It's not perfect, but, considering how sparse slam literature is, this book should prove an asset to all poetry collections.--Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933149776
Publisher:
Manic D Press, Inc.
Publication date:
11/25/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
379 KB

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