Cantab Recap For Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Hi Cantab! This week was full of love, which brought a lot of sunshine to this rainy Wednesday evening. The mic had a larger than normal amount of “new shit,” but also some prized “old shit” too. We had the infamous horny dentist poem from Kai, and we had the return of Lindsey Michelle with a seasoned banger on ADHD. 

During the smoking section, Michael F. Gill and Cameron gave us “a scene from the upcoming Christopher Nolan film about the Boston Poetry Slam,” which may or may not have revealed some absolutely SCATHING truths about the inner workings of this very complex and sophisticated institution. 📚 🕵️ If you know, you know. 🤫 🐔

The ✏️ Line of the Wednesday ✏️ is from Mary S, with “I edge my essence into an engulfing fire, / And it is always ignited and raging”

The feature was the great, beloved March Penn, reading some new shit as well as selections from their book, Green Antelope Fire. We got some dirty haiku, some poems on queer sex, some poems on the human experience, and an unexpected GROUP PIECE on metaphor itself (with help from Michael F. Gill and T.J. Jones). Most importantly, we got to see the world through March Penn’s eyes, which is a treasure in itself. We also had a very high “feature retention rate,” as in the amount of people from the open mic who stayed for the feature! March also sold out of all the books they brought. A very successful feature indeed! 

Next week, our feature is Summer Farah!

Summer Farah is a Palestinian American writer from California. The author of the chapbook I could die today and live again (Game Over Books, 2024), she organizes with the Radius of Arab American Writers and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She is calling on you to recommit yourself to the liberation of the Palestinian people each day.

***Please note: for our show on 5/15 we are requesting that attendees mask up when not drinking or performing!**

See you then!

– Amy ✈️

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