A Word on our (gentle)
Chelmsford's Slam is a gentle Slam.
At some Poetry Slams in city bars and on college campuses judges
signal their votes "Olympic style" after each reading. Our Slams
are less intimidating; voting takes place quietly via a ballot box.
Think of it as a Slam customized for the suburbs.
Poets of all ages:
Our youngest poet was about 5; our oldest poet spent the evening
of her 90th birthday at one of our Slams! The rest fall in between
giving us a rich variety of perspectives of the human condition.
Audience members vote by filling out ballots
with the names of their three most favorite poems or poets (we print
up programs listing our poets so you can keep track of who's who).
The ballots are dropped into a ballot box at the end of the evening;
the votes are tallied up usually by the following day.
Click here for a list of books on poetry and poetry books.
“Poetry is news—news of the mind, news of the heart—and in the reading and hearing of it, poet and audience are fused. Strangers converge, but community emerges.”
-Bill Moyers from "The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets"
Jack McCarthy's passing January 17, 2013
Poetry Festival - http://masspoetry.org/