Slam Poems

SlamNation: Patricia Smith - "Mad Rappin'"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Patricia Smith is a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam. A monster talent and a fierce competitor, Patricia works her magic in this poem performed in a preliminary round of the Portland Nationals. But a crowd-pleasing group piece by the Austin team threatens her chance at the championship. Witness the strategy unfold in SlamNation.

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SlamNation: Andrea Thompson - "After Kissing"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

This was definitely the sexiest poem excerpted in SlamNation.  Sit back and soak up the entire performance by the lovely Andrea Thompson.

I was able to catch up with Andrea a few years ago in Toronto when I was shooting parts of BLAST! there. You can catch up with her too, in this interview.

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SlamNation: Ngoma Hill - "I Was Here First"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

I love this energetic alternative history from activist and poet Ngoma Hill.  Since it wasn’t crucial to the story, I knew it was going to be an outtake of SlamNation but I edited it carefully anyway, just because it’s such a fun piece and happened to have so many varied angles.

Ngoma continues to be dynamic performer and it’s always a pleasure to run across him when I’m out and about in the poetry scene in NYC.

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SlamNation: DJ Renegade - "Miles"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Form and content merge seamlessly in this jazz poem about Miles Davis by the master, DJ Renegade.

It was excerpted briefly in the opening montage of SlamNation. Now you can feel the whole piece.

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SlamNation: Team Austin - "American"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Team Austin performs one of their many group pieces in this outtake from SlamNation.

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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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