Category Archive: Cantab recaps

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

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Plus three more thank-yous, because there are five poets and one coach all full of gratitude for the Cantab audience right now; over the course of the last four months, our little three-or-five-dollar-show has raised the not-insignificant amount of money necessary to register our team for the National Poetry …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Poets! Listeners! Rowdy (but not overly rowdy) bar patrons! Thanks to everyone for filling up and selling out our little basement this past Wednesday for the incomparable Tatiana M.R. Johnson. Tatiana rocked the house with her vulnerability, intimacy, and unshy humor, bringing work straight from her beautiful new book, for the love of black girls. …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Oh, summer. A time for friends at the barbecue, late moonlit nights and, of course, reuniting with your long-lost bartender in a dirty Cambridge basement? You betcha: redheaded wildchild Melissa Newman-Evans came home last night, ready to tear down the walls with her characteristic volume and– is that uncharacteristic tenderness we detect? What has Denver …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, July 13, 2017

Three down… Zero to go?! It’s hard to believe that our team 4×4 season has closed out so early this year, Cantabbers, but it’s so: with less than four weeks left to go until the National Poetry Slam, we’ve brought our last NorthBEAST team slam into the venue for the year. After a high-energy show …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, July 5, 2017

This past Wednesday, we enjoyed a many-faceted feature from local poet Marisa Glynn. Variously described as “sensitive,” “a ray of light,” and “about to destroy you,” Marisa, as usual, smashed our expectations and left us with only glittering remnants. So glad to get to continue to look forward to hearing her on the weekly open …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Last night, we wrapped up another fine June with a feature from Raych Jackson, making us the finale in her all-New-England early summer tour. Raych was masterfully clever, heartbreaking, and funny in her perfectly timed set; if you see someone around town sporting one of her Awkward Connoisseur stegosaurus t-shirts, we hope you’ll offer an …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What a night! This week, we celebrated the finest solstice of the whole dang year with some of our best pals; Nationals-bound NorthBEAST slam teams from around the region took the stage for a high-quality, high-energy team slam. Four teams entered, but only one left with the highly covetable second-slam bragging rights, good until our …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What a sweet and fabulous open mic at the Cantab this week, folks; maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s our low-key/high-talent summer crowd, or just maybe it was the perceptive and good-humored generative workshop run by feature Jon Sands before the show, but good thinkers and writers turned out and turned up for our show’s …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

We’ve arrived, folks: with the good weather and empty bar-and-coffeehouse stools in Boston comes the summer of slam, our annual region-wide ramp-up to the National Poetry Slam, this year taking place in Denver, Colorado. Seven New England teams represent at NPS this year, and four of them faced off at the Cantab last night! When …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A very lucky crowd turned out for the Cantab last night in what marked the first of many sweet evenings with our summertime crew: an unhurried, thoughtful open mic, followed by a substantial portion of Maya Phillips‘ MFA thesis, all its academic glory polished up with Maya’s elegant and powerful reading voice. The slam was …

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