Category: Cantab recaps

Recaps from the Boston Poetry Slam @ the Cantab Lounge's weekly show.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 30, 2019

What joy! What joy is this! No, seriously: after a sweet and sassy spotlight from Chris Leja on our already-joyful open mic, eight slammers took the stage in the name of making lemons into sunshine. Egged on by an audience hungry for good news, poets and judges alike buoyed up the possibility of one or …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Welp, it’s glory days again at the Cantab, folks: sold-out shows have been going down all year (yes, we said that) for exceptional features and sweet&smart open mics every Wednesday. This past week, newcomers and folks in the know were treated to a feature by up-and-coming-and-already-here poet/scientist José Zepeda, who packed a half-hour with the …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Congratulations to all the listeners who got in to see our first sold-out show of 2019! Last night, Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner, CUPSI Best Poet, and all-around dope writer Julian Randall had folks falling (gently) over each other to catch his half-hour set. Powerful, unapologetic, and masterfully crafted, Julian’s work shook, flexed, and lifted …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy new calendar year, Cantabbers! We celebrated this Wednesday with an exceptional journey and feature from Ilyus Evander, soon-to-be-gone-from-Providence poet, who touched down on just a few well-known poems amongst a terrific whirlwind of her new sci-fi-like ouevre. It was a sweet and sad and superbly high-energy start to 2019; if you are waving farewell …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 19, 2019

Cantabbers! Our starriest of love to you for packing the house last night for our final show of 2018. (Our next show is January 2 and we hope you are hyped.) The theme was ASTROLOGY and both our open mic and 4×4 team slam really came through with on-theme work devised to surprise and delight …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Another December show in the books, folks! Mary Boo Anderson came to us last week and brought us an unnerving parody of corporate performance, split between two fabulously different sets and ranging in character from the slightly unhinged cube farmer to the time-strapped-relay-race-much-maligned media poet; an character-intense night softened by the sincere gentleness of the …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December! End of semester! Emerson coaches in the house! THE MOST GLITTERY TIME OF ALL THE YEAR! Yes, you are reading that right: last night was the long-awaited feature from 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team member Myles Taylor. Myles took us all the way back to their first night at the Cantab in a generous …

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Tips from the Bar: The Kaveh Akbar Prompt

Tips from the Bar

From Kaveh Akbar’s Portrait Of The Alcoholic With Home Invader And Housefly (available in Calling a Wolf a Wolf):

…It can be difficult
telling the size of something
when it’s right above you — the average
cumulus cloud weighing as much
as eighty elephants.

Using very precise images, explain something seemingly …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 28, 2018

What a glory and a joy to welcome back Janae Johnson to the right coast, featuring solo on our stage for the first time since 2013. Locals turned out in droves for a rare opportunity to see this much-missed poet lay down a full set; thanks so much to everyone who packed the room to …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 21, 2018

What! What! Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah arrived this Wednesday with a beautiful gratitude-laden set and family to support both onstage and off; after a spirited and sweet workshop, Emmanuel broadened the room’s hearts and spirits with his heady and spacious language and vocals. Our deepest thanks to everyone who came out to our version of family dinner …

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