Slam Poems

Slam Poem: Andrew Berger - "Funky Clown Town"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Funky Clown Town was a short, humorous moment in SlamNation. The low scores and look of disappointment said it all. However, that moment catapulted this poem into cult celebrity in the slam poetry community. Everyone wanted more of Funky Clown Town. Here it is, in all its glory.

Check out this post about Funky Clown Town by Big Poppa E!

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Slam Poem: Team Albuquerque - "Calling America"

Posted by Rina Svet:

"Calling America" is a great and entertaining group effort by Team Albuquerque which comments on the state of the American society. 

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Slam Poem: Monica Copeland - "Working Girl"

Posted by Rina Svet:

A fiery gem from Monica Copeland! As Taylor Mali put it, "Here's an example of a slam poem from 15 years ago that might well have been performed today! It is suffused with the kind of self-righteous anger that slammers would soon discover was the key to getting a high score."

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Slammin' - Cheryl B - "Female Ejaculation"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

It's been two years since the passing of our friend poet Cheryl B. In honor of her memory, we offer this short excerpt from the TV pilot Slammin', in which she appeared.

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Slam Poem: Pat Storm - "My Friend Sean"

At national slam poetry events, individual poets who are unaffiliated with a team are referred to as “storm poets.” Poet Danny Solis created this name as a memorial to his friend Pat Storm, who died in 2000.

Pat was a member of several slam teams from the south competing at the national level and was very successful. You can see why in this piece.

Pat grew up in New York City and he returned there, amidst some controversy. He would hang out in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village near where I live. I would visit him there sometimes.

But Pat was struggling with substance abuse. One time when I saw him in the park, he was unconscious on a bench, surrounded by paramedics and police. When they roused him, he burst into fire and it took several men to restrain him. Pat was a powerful force.

In 2000, I invited Pat to come see the SlamAmerica Bus tour’s NYC performance at a club on 14th Street. I think that was the last time many of his slam poet friends saw him. He died soon after.

Pat was well-loved by the slam community and we miss him. For all you proud storm poets, here is your namesake...

 

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Slam Poem: Beau Sia - "Asian Men Are Hung Like Horses"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Here’s some classic Beau Sia. It was excerpted in SlamNation but is presented in its entirety here for your enjoyment.

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Slam Poem: Dan Ferri - "The Scalping"

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Dan Ferri’s classic slam poem, excerpted in SlamNation and shown in its entirety here. Dan’s poem is also anthologized in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. I’ve since become a bald guy myself, and I sympathize!

A short note from Dan Ferri about the piece.... "The funny thing about this piece is that people think it's funny, which tells something about both rhetoric and street fights. In both cases you want 'em to smile first."

 

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Slam Poem: Sara Holbrook - "Do Not Dream"

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So much power in words and performance. Feel the intense focus of the audience in the pauses, even when you can’t see them. Sara Holbrook demonstrates how compelling slam poetry can be when delivered by a master in this 2nd person indictment of prostitution, excerpted in SlamNation and now shown here in its entirety.

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SlamNation: Beau Sia - "Money"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Beau Sia’s poem “Money” is now a cultural snapshot from its time of the mid-to-late ‘90s. Beau Sia was a 19-year old wunderkind when he took the stage of the Portland National Poetry Slam Finals, and became an instant star.

This poem gets SlamNation off to a roaring start. In early cuts of the movie, this was not the case. At the time, Marc Smith - “Father of the Slam” - took a look at rough cut and gave me this advice: “You have to start with the end. People need to know where they’re going, that there will be big crowds and high stakes. They need to know that this is not just about your typical boring poetry reading.” Very insightful! So that’s exactly what I did – and Beau’s high energy made him the natural choice to kick things off.

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Slam Poem: Bill MacMillan & Corey Cokes - "Main Street"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

The Providence Team at the Portland National Poetry Slam were masters of the “Group Piece” poems. This duet by Bill MacMillan and Corey Cokes, excerpted in SlamNation but complete here, is just one example of their talent.

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