Slam Poems

Slammin' - Everton - "Wendell Wedding"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Everton performs his poem "Wendell Wedding" from Paul Devlin’s TV pilot Slammin', the pre-cursor to his movie SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

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SlamNation - Taylor Mali - "Lilly Wilson"

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Taylor Mali performs his poem "Lilly Wilson" from Paul Devlin’s SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Buy or stream digitally on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
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SlamNation - Gayle Danley - "I Want to Die Like Nixon"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Gayle Danley performs her poem "I Want to Die Like Nixon" from Paul Devlin’s SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Buy or stream digitally on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

 

SlamNation - Bill Macmillan - "One Piper"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Bill MacMillan performs his poem "One Piper" from Paul Devlin’s SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Buy or stream digitally on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

 

SlamNation - NYC Team Rehearsals

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
In SlamNation there are many candid behind-the-scenes of the New York team, including great moments when they rehearse for the finals. Many poets have told me that they look on enviously: “I wish people could see OUR rehearsals. AMAZING things happen.”
 
 
We gave poet muMs da Schemer a camera to capture the intimate moments of his team. He shots hours of footage. Here’s an outtake with experimental editing of footage from the camera left recording on a table.
 

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SlamNation - Corey Cokes - "Beneath the Surface"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Corey Cokes performs his poem "Beneath the Surface" from Paul Devlin’s SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Buy or stream digitally on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

 

SlamNation - Floyd Jensen - "Leonard's Hill"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Floyd Jensen performs his poem "Leonard's Hill" from Paul Devlin’s SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Buy or stream digitally on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

 

 

SlamNation - Sean Shea - "Personal"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Sean Shea performs his poem "Personal" from Paul Devlin’s SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Buy or stream digitally on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

Slamnation - Lisa King - "Lost Friends"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Lisa King performs her poem "Lost Friends" from Paul Devlin’s SlamNation.
 

Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation  is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

Slammin' Becomes SlamNation

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
I had completed my television pilot shot, Slammin’, shot at New York City’s Nuyorican Poets Café, and was shopping it to TV as a series. By then I was hooked into slam poetry in a big way. So in the summer of 1995 I went on a pilgrimage of sorts to Ann Arbor where the National Poetry Slam was happening that year.

There I met the movement’s founder Marc Smith. Man, did he give me the evil eye! He did not trust television people and he was very wary of someone appropriating and perverting the great thing that he had started. He also did not like the fact that Slammin’  was centered in New York, a place he was naturally suspicious of, being from Chicago.
 

 
So he and poets Gary Glazner and Allan Wolf sat me down, and explained their vision of where slam poetry should go and their reservations about putting it on television. I listened carefully and their interest in maintaining the integrity of the movement and keeping it inclusive to represent the diversity of slam poetry across the entire country had resonance. This meeting is the seed that germinated into SlamNation. Eventually I became good friends with all of them and part of the community myself.
 

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