Comments for Sat, 01 Oct 2011 22:45:56 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Back in the Saddle by Susy Sat, 01 Oct 2011 22:45:56 +0000 Unparalleled accucary, unequivocal clarity, and undeniable importance!

Comment on Who Is MN Mic? by Lynette Reini-Grandell Mon, 26 Sep 2011 04:39:15 +0000 Hi, I was just looking at your calendar to let a student know about this site and realized Write on Radio is listed in its old time slot. It’s now on Tuesday nights, 7-8 p.m. I think you’ll get Dakota Dave Hull if you listen to KFAI 11-noon on Thursdays.

Comment on Where is MN Mic these days? by d.c. Sat, 03 Sep 2011 17:10:40 +0000 th (group) FallOut Fridays is gone; you can/shud take them off th calendar. in it’s PLACE; y not put the Wednesday night venue GINGKO &/or th Annodyne read, or the NEW ONE @ Minnehaha Free Space (38th/Minnehaha)[?]… jus tryn 2 keep u ‘updated’


Comment on Teen Opportunities (Canvas and MNSWA) by John Sat, 29 Jan 2011 13:36:15 +0000 Here’s the specifics

SLAM & Open Mic!
(Ages 5-20)
St. Paul, MN

The Second
Tuesday of every

Golden’s Deli
275 East 4th Street, Suite 102
Saint Paul MN 55101
Right next store to the Farmers Market in
Lowertown GOOGLE map click here

Comment on Teen Opportunities (Canvas and MNSWA) by John Sat, 29 Jan 2011 13:24:57 +0000 Thanks for sharing the news. We also have a youth poetry / open mic night. It’s at in Saint Paul. We have been hosting it on the second Tuesday of the month. Our next one is Tuesday, February 8th. We emailed and did loads of flyer drops to various schools. Is their a way for us to send it to someone on this site to post?

Have a wonderful day!

Comment on Standards in Spoken Word by Mike Mlek Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:22:31 +0000 While I may come back and comment on this more fully, I have one very important standard to add to the list.

11. Be clear. After hearing your poem once, virtually every audience member should be able to walk away and describe or explain your poem in one simple sentence. Your poem can be complex and layered and detailed (and should be), but it should leave one dominant taste in your audience’s mouths.

Some examples: Guante’s “Family Business” is a poem about a janitor who plays chess and thinks of himself as a pawn. Sierra Demulder’s “Mrs. Dahmer” is Jeffrey Dahmer’s mother talking about her relationship with her son. Shane Hawley’s “Love You Like That” is a poem that hilariously compares love to pop culture icons. Khary Jackson’s “Her Name” is about an old man with Alzheimers who can’t remember his wife’s name. Michael Mlekoday’s “Starspangled” is about being Polish and losing your cultural heritage in America.

Obviously, these examples oversimplify the poems and miss what makes them so great. However, that might be how a typical audience member remembers them, what they walk away with, and it’s important that they are able to articulate clearly what it is that you just shared with them.

Comment on Standards in Spoken Word by minnesotamicrophone Wed, 03 Nov 2010 18:52:32 +0000 Hey Kamillah,

We can give you some background on the history of slam poetry, but the history of spoken word isn’t really a history that people can accurately tell, as it’s as old as language. As long as people have told stories by firelight, as long as peoples have told their shared history, “spoken word” as an art has existed.


Comment on Standards in Spoken Word by Kamillah Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:14:15 +0000 Im doing a speech on spoken word in school. I am a new spoken word artist but have been writing poems since 7 th grade and I’m 25now. If any one can help me out on where i can get info on the histry would be great. Maybe some names of some books or magazines. Thank You! This website was helpful.

Comment on Standards in Spoken Word by Todd Tue, 26 Oct 2010 05:36:01 +0000 This is good, I’ve been trying to codify what I value in a good slam poem and being able to agree or disagree with your points has been really useful.

I think I have the most objection to #2, but even that’s not a complete objection. I really agree with what you have to say about stylistic poems with little substance, how they may be great to listen to, but it’s an experience that fades more readily than a poem with a significant message.

However, as far as substance goes, the poems I don’t like in slams these days generally err on the side of too much substance rather than too much style. When the message I’m supposed to take away from a poem is too obvious or too bluntly phrased, I feel a little manipulated, or if not manipulated, then passive. I don’t like poems that feel like journalism, and I’m a guy who likes his journalism, i just prefer to keep the news in the AM with my coffee. I like to interact with poems more personally, so I like it when poems are a little more subtle around their message, and let me uncover it for myself, or give me some room to give it personal meaning. I think substance is important, but an emphasis on substance risks breaking rules 4 and 9 by manipulating the audience and/or talking at them.

Also, about being “good” in number 5, I think “good” should mean whatever we try to do better to improve as poets. The idea of “good” for slam poetry is extremely amorphous, and lists like yours are working towards finding that meaning. I think it think the best poems are the ones that are the best written, but by that I don’t mean that those poems are well written with all the conventions of the printed page in mind. There are many things that make a great written poem that don’t mean shit in a slam (enjambment, complex ideas that take more than 30 seconds to resolve, endings that encourage rereading).

Just like you said of assonance and alliteration, we need to find the rules that make good slam poetry so we can know how to break them intentionally.

I’m a big fan of your work, and I’m headed to the Soap Boxing Slam on Monday. Hope to see you there.

-Todd Anderson

Comment on Spoken Word Artist Biographies by minnesotamicrophone Mon, 11 Oct 2010 19:24:33 +0000 IBe, you don’t read instructions very well! From the first paragraph:

To be included send an email to cole.sarar at gmail dot com with the subject line “Spoken Word Bio”. The contents should be 1. Your name and/or stage name, 2. the webpage you want linked to your name, and 3. a short biography (50 words or less).