Student Poetry Slam

I've been meaning to say how much I enjoyed being a judge at the poetry slam sponsored by Spectrum at Clarkson with MC Rives. The quality of the poems varied considerably, but the quality of the spirit held up very well. At least until the end when some of the poets who had been eliminated chose to leave before the winners performed. Not a lot of class in that move, kids. What I noticed, also, was an almost universal tendency to go on too long. Several of the poets / performers presented pieces that made their point effectively in, say 90 seconds, but then felt compelled to go on for another minute with what almost always amounted to explanation, commentary, or mere repetition. Still, an enjoyable evening that we need to repeat.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “Student Poetry Slam”

  1. Greetings from the PRC, where I’m just starting my last rotation here. I was stimulated to visit sharpsand as I’ve just finished reading Pete Brown’s autobiography. Yeah, everyone has an autobiography now I guess. There’s far too much of ‘and then I met this person (insert name of no significance to me) who was huge on the london poetry scene and we tried to get something started but it failed’. Nonetheless he does describe the poetry and music scene from that era and in that in a very evocative way. Made me imagine being there for it and also made me think about you a bit as well. Pete says that he’s finally brought himself to be able to sing some of the Cream songs in the context of bands without a care of outdoing Jack. There’s some youtube of it that’s pretty entertaining.

  2. Sam, don’t know that autobiography, but you’re right everybody gets their book these days. What’s interesting to me is the endless multiplicity of “scenes” each one believing itself the center of the poetry universe or music universe or whatever universe — if only people would notice us! Now that I’m getting old I just think that what makes any scene real or authentic is how wholeheartedly the participants go at it.

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