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Poetry Slam: Young Voices

Mike Vidargas and Chucho Urbina

Rapper Shahmat

Regina Wong y Sophia Casas speaking in front of the audience

Victoria Cuacuas performing

Adrian Rios, Chucho Urbina

Smile You Are in San Miguel

By Jade Arroyo

Poetic Collective SMA presented the first of several poetry slams, which will form part of the new cycle called “Blasfemia Delirante” (Delirious Blasphemy), part of the Poetry Slam MX National Circuit. This event was held in the Literary Sala of the Culture Center El Nigromante, giving a forum to alternative and urban culture with a collective art exhibition and music and poetry in texts, spoken word, and free-style.

The poetry slam is one of the most dynamic types of poetry performance, especially among young people, since its development in the country no more than 10 years ago. It had its birth in the ’80s in Chicago, with Marc Kelly Smith. It consists of a poetry contest in which participants face a jury selected from the public with dramatized readings and improvisations.

The tournament format is inspired by boxing. It is done in rounds in which each poet has three minutes to read an original poem. The slam consists of a recital involving the public and held open for any kind of poet. The public is involved in two ways. First, they form the jury. Second, the open mic allows everyone the opportunity to recite. Also, the slam can be a type of poetry; it is performing oral poetry. Many poets who write slam do not publish their work because the poems are not complete without interpretation, which is a theatrical performance.

Among the awards was the publication of a text in the next anthology Colectivo Poético (Poetry Collective) and recording an original track produced by DJ.T.R. For the winner of the whole cycle, the prize is three texts in the new anthology and three original tracks and study. Mexico City will be represented in Guanajuato in June 2017. For more information about this project and to find out about upcoming shows, visit Facebook page Colectivo Poético SMA.

 

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