Poetry slam packed with popular themes

Boston Globe – “Are poetry slams popular? There were 1,200 folks on line to get into the Berklee Performance Center Saturday for the final night of the National Poetry Slam, which was making its first visit to Boston since 1992. Back then, 16 teams took part; this year there were 75, nine of them from New England. Only four teams reached the finals: Providence Poetry Slam; Nuyorican Poets Cafe; Writing Wrongs from Columbus, Ohio; and Slam Nuba from Denver. Once everybody made it inside, the mood was more celebratory than competitive, with lots of hugging and acknowledging of fellow poets. The audience came in all sizes and shapes and ages and ethnicities, but it was uniformly loud; no vuvuzelas were necessary.”

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