SlamNation

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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SlamNation: Jessica Care Moore - Behind the Scenes

Posted by Paul Devlin:

SlamNation producer Thom Poole shot this footage of Jessica Care Moore recording her album. These moments capture the beginnings of performance poetry branching out and “spoken word” becoming more recognizable as a commercial art form by the mainstream.

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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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SlamNation Outtake - Jim Fitzgerald coins the phrase Generation X

Posted by Paul Devlin:

My friend Louisa McCune introduced me to the talented literary editor, Jim Fitzgerald who was working at St. Martin’s Press when I was making SlamNation. In the movie, he gets into an interesting debate with poet Jessica Care Moore about the state of publishing and the literary merits of slam poetry. During the full interview, Jim had many great tales didn’t work in the final movie.

In this outtake, Jim tells the story of how he coined the phrase “Generation X.”

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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"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

 
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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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