Cantab Recap for Wednesday, July 31, 2019

It’s been a rare and joyous July, poets and listeners: with an extra bonus Wednesday to enjoy this month, we were pleased to welcome Nkosi Nkululeko, anthologized Best American Poet (yes!) for 2018 and fabled-and-real-life-chess instructor to the stage for our fifth and final show in the humid heart of this summer. Nkosi’s work, impeccably crafted and nested gently in a stream of welcoming and gently fun banter, elicited both admiring silence and involuntary whistling ooh-oohs from a deeply attentive audience. Thanks so much to Nkosi for making the trip from Harlem!

Next week: we are back with a double-header of amazing shows! First, Terah Ehigiator kicks off a month of features from the 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team (our very own Irresponsible Birds) on Wednesday, August 7, followed by an open slam (your chance to qualify for the 2020 team!). Then, the very next night on August 8, we’ll head down the street to Harvard Square to see Terah, Nkosi, and a host of other Boston and New York City all-stars go head-to-head in the first local Tender Match between these two cities.

The Tender Match this Thursday will be our biggest show of the year, held in the fine theater space at Oberon at 2 Arrow St. and featuring comedy from Wes Hazard, music from New York theater artist Britt, and a wildly all-star slam hosted by Omar Holmon. YES, IT IS GOING TO SELL OUT: we recommend you get your tickets in advance to avoid the depths of missed-poetry regret.