We know, we know: the lead-up and the come-down to and from the February “holiday” is wicked. Oversaturated with hearts and flowers? Nervous about what one-off romantics might step to the open mic this week? To allay your fears, the Boston Poetry Slam proudly presents a poetry slam: Love vs. Death, that most timeless of battles (well, since 2013, around here, anyway). Seven slammers will take the stage for each team, bringing a newly composed work to the competition and settling which poetic entity deserves to ride off into immortality.
Our roster is now complete! Thanks (and good luck) to all these poets who have promised to produce a new poem on theme or in persona for their team, to be scored in an even more irrelevant way than usual. Announcing our slammers:
LOVE VERSUS DEATH
Nora Meiners vs. Ronald Prudent on The Proposal
Sara H. vs. Dawn Gabriel on Ask Me Anything
Yehya Barakat vs. Sophia Holtz on Silent Movie
Brittany Frederick vs. Kieran Collier on Orlando, Florida
Emily Duggan vs. Ben Tolkin on Spelunking
Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah vs Joshua ßenjamin Elbaum on Birthday Party
Captains round: Zeke Russell vs. Allison TRUJ on The Winchester Mystery House
Sacrifice round: John Pinkham vs. George Abraham on The Matrix
This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, with one flight of stairs to access the basement room (click for directions and accessibility information). Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the invitational slam begins at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.