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Poetry on Fire
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This is a community for the discussion of slam poetry, spoken word, poetry slams, etc. Post poetry, sound bites, slam dates, brag, worship poets, advertise chap books, set the world on fire with your words.

What is Slam, Anyway?

A poetry slam is like a lyrical boxing match that pits poets against other poets in a bout. Five people randomly chosen from the audience before the bout will give each poem a score from 0.0 to 10.0, with 10 being the highest. The high and the low scores are dropped, and the three remaining scores are added. Each poet has a time limit of three minutes, with a 10- second grace period. After the grace period is passed, points will be deducted from the poet's final score.

Unlike theater or music performance, the poetry slam is a pared- down Event because poets aren't permitted to use props, costumes or music. Yet the slams are able to offer the audience more.

- Shilanda Woolridge, Austin writer, Austin-American Statesman
(taken from http://www.poetryslam.com/)

Check out the 2001 national slam page: http://www.nationalpoetryslam.com/seattleslam.html