Cantab Feature for Wednesday, November 1, 2017: The All Souls’ Slam

Some people already can’t think of anything scarier than a night at a poetry show. Why not celebrate All Souls’ Day with the world-famous Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge? To honor the holiday, the Cantab will host a real fright fest: a dozen-odd (and we do mean odd) dead poets will present their work in honor of the season. The deceased will haunt a team-based poetry slam where members of the audience judge who is really the best of all time— at least for this year’s Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ season.

This slam accepted all signups in advance, so we are pleased to announce the rosters for two fight-like-your-life-depends-on-poetry teams at the All Souls’ Slam! Check it:

Adrienne Rich vs. Sylvia Plath
Irene McKinney vs. Max Ritvo
Wanda Coleman vs. Pat Parker
Louise Bogan vs. Mark O’Brien
Robinson Jeffers vs. Robin Williams
Jack McCarthy vs. Frank O’Hara
Brigit Pegeen Kelly vs. Kurt Cobain

Oh, you want to know whose bodies these spirits will be inhabiting for the show? Hold on to your witch hats, because it’s a doozy of a roster… We’ll be welcoming the mortal coils of Zeke Russell, Anna Binkovitz, Jeffrey Salamone, Lip McDonald, George Abraham, Christian Arthur, Colin Killick, April Penn, Meaghan Ford, Sara Mae, Chloé Cunha, and even more awesome souls. Those coming to listen in are also encouraged to dress as their favorite departed poet, and the night will kick off with an open mic: bring your own dead poet if you dare!

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the invitational slam begins at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.