Happy birthday to yoooouuuu, Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge! Our twentieth anniversary of poetry at the Cantab fell on Tuesday, October 16, so of course we had to celebrate. To do it, the only two SlamMasters the show has ever had –that’s Michael Brown and Simone Beaubien— got together for a head-to-head double feature. The two poets started with a little back-to-back banter, but soon fell into their old ways of speaking only with poem after poem for the hour-long set. If you ever wondered who the Cantab sounds like –and why– you got your answer on Wednesday night.
We also released the Boston Poetry Slam’s first ever anthology (with a spine!) this week. Edited by Adam Stone and with layout work by Melissa Newman-Evans, The Cantab Lounge Anthology: 20 Years of Poetry contains more than 300 pages of poetry and history about the reading. You can pick one up at the bar any Wednesday night for just $20.
An anniversary and book release sure are one reason to party… But we plan to continue celebrating performance poetry every week at the Cantab Lounge! Next week, we’ll be doing it with Albanian-gone-southern-U.S. poet Gypsee Yo, as well as the next open poetry slam in our 8×8 series.