Hosted and with performances by Santo Cazzati and Benjamin Solah Open Themed Slam with Feature Poets / Tuesday, March 13 from 7.30pm / Dexter/Cafe Bar, 123 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill (map) / $10 Entry
The Inaugural Percy Shelley Poetry Slam, set to be held on March 13, is an open slam celebrating and encouraging left-wing and progressive political spoken word and poetry, inspired by radical poets such as Percy Bysshe Shelley in the format of the traditional anti-competition poetry slams born out of Chicago construction workers in the 80s.
With silly prizes, meaningless scores, the point is the poetry and it’s open to both new and experienced poets who want to take to the stage to express their desires for economic and social justice. All you need to do is sign up on the night, or participate as an active audience member.
The slam is also a fundraiser for the Marxism 2012 conference in Easter, where co-host Santo Cazzati will perform the poetry of Pablo Neruda alongside 3 and a bit days of left-wing history, theory and discussion that even includes a bit of art!
Callings poets, spoken word artists, word smiths, performance poets, or lovers of any of those things. This website is the beginning of a central online portal into Melbourne’s spoken word scene. Featuring reviews and interviews looking at the CDs, books, gigs, festivals and personalities of the scene as well as featuring all of the upcoming features, slams, workshops, open mics and events. We’ll also discuss the issues and debates on the scene. At least we’re hoping.
And by ‘we,’ I mean I’m looking for other poets, performers and those involved in the scene to contribute. We have sites that feature upcoming events, and others that sometimes feature reviews, but I’m hoping this will become a central online hub for the scene contributed by those who know it best.