Cantab Recap for Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The illimitable Franny Choi, outgoing Providence Poetry SlamMaster and one of our favorite locals, was the most excellent headliner at the Cantab last night. If you are still hungry for more of her powerful imagery, you can of course order her book online— but you can also check out her blog for the new poem she premiered with us to kick off her feature. Timely, intense, correct: Franny Choi, everybody.

The night’s slam was full of great surprises from start to finish, with a threesome of wildly opinionated judges and just a few audience members with ideas about poetry, too. The final round was a nailbiter with Bull-City-transplant-to-Harvard Dasan Ahanu (welcome north, Dasan!) and mostly-New-England-local Zeke Russell. After an intense slam, Zeke chose to bring the funny for the final poem of the night and won the hearts of the judges and the room.

Next Boston Poetry Slam shows: we’re back in the Cantab next week with NYC powerhouse poet Venessa Marco! But surely you can’t be expected to wait six whole days for more poetry… So we are proud to remind you that the Encyclopedia Show Somerville returns to the Davis Square Theater this very Thursday evening for the season’s debut show, all about INSECTS. See you there!