Cantab Recap For Wednesday, May 24th, 2023

Happy Cantab Wednesday! 

Last week contained more than the usual display of talent, as we also had a Spontaneous Speed Slam™️! On a rainy Wednesday evening, we had many-a-newcomer join us for the open mic, including first-timer Jack with a ~memorized~ piece, and new regular Amy See with some striking eco-poetry. The rest of the open had a somewhat-prevalent theme of death with some love poems mixed in here and there. It’s a Cantab tradition!

After the mic, we had our speed slam! 16 slammers came up to the mic with poems timed at 1 minute or less a per piece, which led to a couple of devastating time penalties. There were traveling pants, there were parasites, there was toast, and there was heartbreak, but in the end one poet came out victorious and won the coveted $50: our own beloved slam team member Aparna Paul, narrowly beating open mic regular TJ Jones. Congrats to Aparna and thank you to all the slammers!!!

Last week’s 👖Shenanigans🧥has got to be yet another Aparna-related occurrence. Her poem at the mic included what I am going to call a “Jumpsuit Jumpscare”, which featured an outrageous outfit change mid-poem.

The ✏️Line of the Wednesday✏️ is from regular Hallie Carton, with “I am not yet ready to taste a future uncertain of sour or sweetness”.

Join us this week for our regular open mic followed by … the last-chance slam! To slam, come prepared with 3 ORIGINAL poems, and each one must be less than 3 minutes in length. Use the poems and your performance skills to compete for a chance to be on the Last Chance Team at the 2023 Northbeast Regional! For more details on the regional and how to buy tickets, check out this handy linktree page! See you there!!

– Amy ✈️

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