Cantab Recap For Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023

Welcome back to another recap of Poetry Night at the Cantab! Sold out right at the buzzer, our open mic featured a lot of regulars, along with poems about angels, poems about devils, poems from people back after seven years, and poems from people reading their first poem ever. Shoutout to first-timer Ember for really bringing the fire, and for having a name that allows me to make that pun.

The 📚Shenanigans🎭 this week was when our own social media manager Kat Anderson began reading the audience Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen’s lovely children’s book “Square“, about circles and squares and sculptures, though she was unable to finish it. Did we all start laughing at times the authors did not intend for? Maybe. Do you want to hear how it ends? Probably! You can find information on the whole shape trilogy series here.

Our incredible feature was Kristian Macaron, who read of time traveling, mountains, Star Wars, and robot dogs. It was a lovely, almost meditative feature, leaving the audience in awe. Please check out her work at or @kmacaron_author on Instagram! Missed the show or want to see it again? Kristian is currently sharing the livestream of her whole Cantab feature!

The ✏️Line of the Wednesday✏️ this week was from our slam team member Arielle Grey, with: “I wonder where God goes to die, and I wonder if I get to go there too.”

Coming up this Wednesday: A feature from returning Cantab veteran Yehya Barakatalroudaini! Yehya is a nonbinary Iraqi poet/scientist in training. Their material discusses the Iraq war, mental health, family, and queer Arab identity. Their work has been published in Oddball magazine and Black horse review. Yehya has participated in Vox pop and FEMs, reaching the final stages in both competitions. They’re hard at work on their debut chapbook “Learning to love the flag”, which they hope to publish in early 2024. See you then!

– Amy ✈️

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All shows take 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). The show is $4 / 21+ (ID/Proof of Vaccination required) and doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 PM and the feature begins at approximately 10:00 PM.