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Well, that just happened…

April 7, 2004

I just saw my first “Poetry Slam”, which is apparently some big up and coming phenomenon.

Basically, it consists of contestants who get up and talk. Some have form, structure, others are almost stream-of-consciousness. Some are decent, others are outright terrible, and you can’t help but feel sorry for them.

The contestants, after their spiels, are then voted upon the way you would vote upon Olympic divers. The two top finishers then go game show style to a “final round”. A Poetry-Off, if you will.

Then one wins.

Far as I can tell, the entire thing is very similar to an improv troupe (well, minus the interaction, plus the scoring). Except that improv troupes are entertaining.

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